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Militants: We'll execute French spy

Jan. 16, 2013 at 9:05 AM

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The militant Somali group al-Shabaab said Wednesday it would execute the French spy who was the subject of a failed rescue attempt last week.

Two French soldiers and 17 insurgents died in the effort to free Denis Allex who has been held hostage by al-Shabaab for three years, Shabelle Media Network reported.

The execution threat was made in a statement posted on the group's Twitter account.

"After the botched rescue to snatch Denis that attempt by France sentenced Denis to death," the group wrote.

The al-Qaida affiliate said its decision comes after what it called "exhaustive attempts at talks" over his release, euronews.net reported.

The group posted a video in October of a gaunt-looking Allex pleading with President President Francois Hollande to negotiate his release and save his life.

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