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French Somalia hostage 'killed'

Somali militants claim a French intelligence officer held captive for three years has been executed. Al Shabbab tweeted that Denis Allex was killed yesterday. A bid to rescue him failed last week. French officials said Allex had died in the attempt.

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French soldier and hostage dead, second soldier missing

A French soldier has been killed and another is missing in a failed hostage rescue attempt in Somalia, the French government said.

The French national, who was being held in a base belonging to al Shabaab insurgents in a southern Somalian village, also died.

The raid also ended in the deaths of 17 militants.

The rescue attempt was not linked to the Mali intervention, according to Jean-Yves Le Drian, France's defence minister.

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