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Al-Shabaab says French agent executed

Jan. 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A French intelligence officer held in Somalia by al-Shabaab since 2009 has been executed, the Islamic militant group says.

The militants said on the group's Twitter account that Denis Allex was executed at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Bulo Marer, Shabelle Media Network reported Thursday.

Al-Shabaab had sentenced Allex to death after a failed attempt Saturday to free him by French commandos, Radio France Internationale reported.

French officials said after the raid that Allex was mostly likely killed during the raid. However, an al-Shabaab spokesman said the agent was still alive.

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