White House: US counterterrorism forces accidentally kill 2 hostages

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WASHINGTON — Two hostages held by al-Qa’ida were killed accidentally in January by U.S. government counterterrorism forces, the White House announced Thursday.

“It is with tremendous sorrow that we recently concluded that a U.S. Government counterterrorism operation in January killed two innocent hostages held by al-Qa’ida,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement out Tuesday morning.

The operation was a drone strike, multiple sources tell CNN on Thursday.

The White House said Thursday the names of the two Americans killed were Warren Weinstein, an American held by al-Qa’ida since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national.