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article imageFrench soldier killed in botched rescue operation

By Sami Zaatari     Jan 12, 2013 in World
Paris - One French soldier was killed, and another missing, in a failed rescue attempt in Somalia. The French military were attempting to free an intelligence officer, Denis Allex, kidnapped in October 2009 at the hands of militants in the country.
Conflicting reports have been coming out so far in regards to the fate of the hostage. French Defence Minister Jean Yves-Le Drian came out saying that they believed that Allex was killed by his captors.
The militant group Al-Shabab released their own statement on the rescue operation, claiming that Alex was still safe and nowhere near where the French operation that took place:
The helicopters attacked a house in Bula-Marer upon the assumption that Dennis Allex was being held at that location, but owing to a fatal intelligence blunder, the rescue mission turned disastrously wrong...Allex still remains safe and far from the location of the battle.
The militant group also claims to have captured an injured French soldier during the firefight. The French Defence Minister has confirmed that a French soldier is missing which may corroborate Al-Shabab's claim.
France's military operation in Somalia is joined by French military operations in Mali, with airstrikes targeting militant positions in the west African country. France has denied any link between the two operations.
On the fate of Denis Allex, the militant group Al-Shabab has stated that they will release details on his fate within the next two days.
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