Somali militants say French intelligence officer Denis Allex has been executed. In a Tweet, Al Shabbab said Allex had been killed on Wednesday.
A French rescue bid failed last week. French officials said Allex had died in the rescue effort but the rebel group claimed he had survived.
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The 20-year-old died after being chased by police and apprehended in a shop in Hackney, east London.
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It follows reports the US president is considering presidential pardons for his family, aides and even himself.