Two Somali civilians killed in French Commando attack

An al Shabaab official, who asked not to be named, told the news agency Reuters they had exchanged fire with French commandos.

Helicopters attacked al Shabaab at 2.00 am this morning. Two civilians died in the cross fire.

– Ahmed Omar Mohamed, deputy chairman for lower Shabelle region

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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.