France Thinks Hostage Dead After Botched Somali Raid
But his captors dispute the claim
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2013 11:43 AM CST
A frame grab of the hostage identified as Denis Allex, from last year.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – French commandos launched a raid in Somalia today to free a hostage held since 2009, but it appears to have ended disastrously: The French government says the hostage, identified as Denis Allex, was killed during the raid by his al-Shabab captors, reports AP. The militant group, however, claims that Allex is still alive and now being held at a different location. One French soldier was killed in the fighting, along with 17 Islamists. A second French soldier is missing, and al-Shabab says he, too, is now a hostage.

The raid in east Africa comes after French troops intervened in the west African nation of Mali to fight al-Qaeda-linked militants poised to overtake the government. Fighting there intensified today, reports AP. France isn't saying the two developments are related, but the BBC thinks they must be: "The French government knew well the intervention would have dangerous implications for the nine French hostages being held across northern Africa."

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Jan 12, 2013 7:21 PM CST
nine hostages dead and 17 killed. and in the air raid killed 68 government troops. hmmmm not so good
Jan 12, 2013 3:00 PM CST
Keep it up. 17 to 1 kill ratio is not too bad. Let's see what happens when Islamaboy attacks you in your own backyard. I hope you're tough enough to take it, it's about time someone else stood up to those fanatics.
Jan 12, 2013 1:48 PM CST
Go France. Looks like you are stepping up to the plate. Don't weasel out when it gets tough, you have modern jets and modern weapons go in their and kill a bunch of Somali's. Kill enough people and they will get rid of the pirates and war lords on their own