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South Africans hold separate memorial services for compatriots slain in Yemen and Afghanistan

  • Pall bearers carry the coffin of slain Pierre Korkie, at a memorial service in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Friday, 12, 2014. Pierre Korkie, was one of two South African civilians killed in Yemen and Afghanistan. Korkie was killed on Dec. 6, during a U.S. raid on al-Qaida militants  who were holding Korkie and American hostage Luke Somers in Yemen. (AP Photo)

    Pall bearers carry the coffin of slain Pierre Korkie, at a memorial service in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Friday, 12, 2014. Pierre Korkie, was one of two South African civilians killed in Yemen and Afghanistan. Korkie was killed on Dec. 6, during a U.S. raid on al-Qaida militants who were holding Korkie and American hostage Luke Somers in Yemen. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Yolande Korkie, wife of slain Pierre Korkie, and their son Pieter-Ben, left, follow the coffin at a memorial service in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Friday, 12, 2014. Pierre Korkie, was one of two South African civilians killed in Yemen and Afghanistan. Korkie was killed on Dec. 6, during a U.S. raid on al-Qaida militants who were holding Korkie and American hostage Luke Somers in Yemen. (AP Photo)

    Yolande Korkie, wife of slain Pierre Korkie, and their son Pieter-Ben, left, follow the coffin at a memorial service in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Friday, 12, 2014. Pierre Korkie, was one of two South African civilians killed in Yemen and Afghanistan. Korkie was killed on Dec. 6, during a U.S. raid on al-Qaida militants who were holding Korkie and American hostage Luke Somers in Yemen. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Yolande Korkie, second from left, wife of slain Pierre Korkie, and their son Pieter-Ben, left, follow the coffin at a memorial service in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Friday, 12, 2014. Pierre Korkie, was one of two South African civilians killed in Yemen and Afghanistan. Korkie was killed on Dec. 6, during a U.S. raid on al-Qaida militants who were holding Korkie and American hostage Luke Somers in Yemen. (AP Photo)

    Yolande Korkie, second from left, wife of slain Pierre Korkie, and their son Pieter-Ben, left, follow the coffin at a memorial service in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Friday, 12, 2014. Pierre Korkie, was one of two South African civilians killed in Yemen and Afghanistan. Korkie was killed on Dec. 6, during a U.S. raid on al-Qaida militants who were holding Korkie and American hostage Luke Somers in Yemen. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Mourners in South Africa have held separate services for two South African civilians who were killed in conflicts in Yemen and Afghanistan.

A memorial ceremony was held Friday for Pierre Korkie, a teacher who was killed in Yemen on Dec. 6 during a U.S. raid on al-Qaida militants who were holding Korkie and American hostage Luke Somers. American officials say militants killed both men.

Separately, a church service was held for Werner Groenewald and his children, Jean-Pierre and Rode. They were killed Nov. 29 in Afghanistan when Taliban militants stormed the office of a foreign aid group, where the family also lived. Groenewald's wife, Hannelie, who was not at the office when the attack occurred, has returned to South Africa.