14 January 2013, 20:20

Al-Shabaab confirms French soldier death

Al-Shabaab confirms French soldier death

A photo posted in the Twitter account of the Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab shows the body of a French soldier who died during a botched French commando operation to free a French hostage on Friday night.

France reported the loss of two of its soldiers in the unsuccessful swoop-down on a terrorist hideout located near Bula Marer 110km southwest of Mogadishu.

There is no word of what happened to the hostage, who was captured by Al-Shabaab in July 2009. He is a French intelligence officer named Denis Alex.

Voice of Russia, RIA

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