Somali militants say have executed French hostage

January 17, 2013 10:34

MOGADISHU - Somali militants linked to al-Qaida said on Thursday they had executed a French agent who French armed forces had tried to rescue at the weekend.

The al Shabaab rebel group said on its Twitter account that Denis Allex, held hostage since 2009, had been killed at 16:30 GMT on Wednesday.

France has consistently said it believed Allex was killed in Saturday's failed rescue mission.

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