France said today that it believes intelligence officer Denis Allex was killed during "intense combat".
Commandos broke into where Allex was being detained last night and immediately faced strong resistance. Intense combat took place, during which - and now I speak with caution - everything leads us to believe that Denis Allex was unfortunately killed by his captors.
However, a spokesman for al Shabaab claimed the spy is still alive in a statement.
The injured French soldier is now in the custody of the mujahideen and Allex still remains safe and far from the location of the battle.
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