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French agent killed in Somalia hostage raid

January 12, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

France has said one of its soldiers and an intelligence agent have been killed in a failed hostage rescue attempt in Somalia.The agent, who is code-named Denis Allex and was captured by militants in 2009, died in the fighting with Islamists overnight, Sky News reported, citing the French government.However, the Al Shabaab militia has claimed he is still alive.Another special forces soldier is missing following the fighting, France’s defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.He said 17 Somali Islamists had been killed and that the operation was not linked to a separate military operation in Mali aimed at quashing a push by Islamist fighters.Al Shabaab has reportedly said Mr Allex remained in their captivity and was being held far from the base where French helicopters attacked in the early hours of Saturday.The al Qaeda-linked insurgents also said they were holding an injured French soldier.Both sides described a fierce firefight during the raid on the Horn of Africa c ountry that French said was carried out by the intelligence agency that Mr Allex worked for. 

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