Shabaab posts pic of dead French soldier

2013-01-14 16:31
A file handout still frame released shows French secret agent Denis Allex. (Site Monitoring Service, AFP)

A file handout still frame released shows French secret agent Denis Allex. (Site Monitoring Service, AFP)

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Mogadishu - A Somali militant group has posted photos of what appears to be a dead French soldier.

Two photos posted by an al-Shabaab-run Twitter account show a man wearing military pants and a blood-soaked shirt surrounded by three guns, ammunition clips and protective gear. Al-Shabaab is the al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group that controls much of southern Somalia.

The posting taunted France's president, saying: "Francois Hollande, was it worth it?"

The soldier was killed during a botched military raid early on Saturday to rescue a French intelligence officer held by al-Shabaab for the last three years.

France's defence minister said on Monday that it was likely two commandos were killed during the raid. France believes the hostage, whose code-name was Denis Allex, was also killed, though al-Shabaab says he is still alive.

- AP
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