US Gives $1.3M to Family of Aid Worker Killed by Drone

Giovanni Lo Porto was an al-Qaeda hostage killed in Pakistan in 2015
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2016 11:10 AM CDT
US Gives $1.3M to Family of Aid Worker Killed by Drone
In this May 28, 2011, photo, Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, left, works in Multan, Pakistan.   (Andrea Parisi/Courtesy of Margherita Romanelli via AP)

La Repubblica and the Telegraph say it's a "donation in memory," not compensation, but whatever the term, the US government has agreed to pay around $1.3 million to the family of an Italian aid worker killed by a drone strike in Pakistan, the BBC reports. Giovanni Lo Porto, 37, was an al-Qaeda hostage in January 2015 in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan when the drone struck, accidentally killing Lo Porto and American aid worker Warren Weinstein, 73, the Guardian reports.

The US acknowledged their deaths in April of that year, with President Obama saying that he took "full responsibility" for the counterterrorism effort and that the US believed there were no civilians at the attack site, per the BBC. It's believed to be the first time an offer for such a payment has been revealed in detail. It was confirmed by the US Embassy in Rome and Lo Porto's brother and made to Lo Porto's family in July, per a legal document obtained by La Repubblica. (The US released over the summer its first estimate of civilian drone-strike deaths.)

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