|dethalternate||Date: Saturday, 12-January-2013, 6:43 PM | Message # 1|
-- dragon lord--
The French Defence Ministry says a hostage has been killed in Somalia by Al Shabaab Islamic militants during a failed attempt to resucue him.
Several people were killed during the operation, including two French soldiers and 17 militants.
Somali witnesses in Bula Mareer report that French helicopters attacked a militant base early on Saturday, which led to an exchange of fire.
The hostage, a French secret service agent known as Denis Allex, was seized in Mogadishu in 2009.