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US Will Pay $1.1 Million to Drone Victim's Family

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Friday, 16 Sep 2016 02:42 PM

The United States has agreed to pay $1.1 million to the family of an Italian aid worker who was killed in an American drone strike in Pakistan last year.

Giovanni Lo Porto, 37, was being held hostage by al-Qaida when the U.S. military struck the extremist group in a secret counter-terrorism mission, The Guardian reports.

Lo Porto's family says it had been "led to believe" about a month before the strike that he was close to being release, according to the newspaper.

The payment is reported to be the first documented payment made by the U.S. to the family of a drone victim killed outside a declared warzone.

Last year, President Barack Obama acknowledged that Lo Porto and an American, Warren Weinstein, 73, had accidentally been killed in the drone mission and expressed his regret.

The Guardian said it is not clear if the Weinstein family also received a payment.

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