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Hostages were killed in a counterterrorism operation, according to the White House. President Obama spoke about the operation on Thursday.

FOX News Radio's Jon Decker reports from the White House:

Declassifying an intelligence report, the President disclosed that two hostages held by al Qaeda - Dr. Warren Weinstein an American aid worker and Italian national Giovanni Lo Porto - were killed in January during a U.S. counterterrorism operation on an al Qaeda compound.

(President Obama) "What we did not know, tragically, is that al Qaeda was hiding the presence of Warren and Giovanni in the same compound."

The President said he takes "full responsibility" for the U.S.-led operation that he called a "terrible tragedy". He also conveyed his condolences to the families of the two hostages.

At the White House, Jon Decker, FOX News Radio.

READ a statement from the family of Dr. Warren Weinstein.

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

LISTEN to FOX News Radio's special coverage of President Obama's statement: