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article imageSomali Islamists decide to execute French hostage Denis Allex

By Katerina Nikolas     Jan 16, 2013 in World
Somali Islamic militant group Al-Shabab issued a statement on Jan. 16 saying they have decided to execute the French hostage Denis Allex.
Naharnet reported the statement said al-Shabab had "reached a unanimous decision to execute the French intelligence officer, Denis Allex." However the group have failed to provide any proof that the hostage is still alive.
Last week French forces failed in an attempt to rescue Allex, a member of the French Intelligence Agency DGSE, who has been held in Somalia since July 2009. Following the unsuccessful raid CNN reported al-Shabab said the hostage was unharmed and his fate would be decided shortly. According to the BBC al-Shabab sent a Twitter message saying "With the rescue attempt, France has voluntarily signed Allex's death warrant."
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said "all the indications" were that Allex was killed in Friday's rescue attempt. His position was reiterated by that of French Chief of Defence Staff, Adm Edouard Guillaud. The BBC reported he also thought Allex was killed in the raid, as he accused al-Shabab of "media manipulation."
Following the start of French military intervention in Mali Digital Journal reported Mali Islamists warned French citizens that they are at risk "wherever they find themselves in the Muslim world."
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