The fate of French hostage Denis Allex is still unclear. Official sources say the government agent was killed during a rescue operation in Somalia on Saturday. But his kidnappers say he is still alive.
French officials have admitted the militant response to the operation came as a surprise.
France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said they put up a much stronger fight than expected, especially in terms of of the heavy weapons used. “We underestimated that.” he said.
“Denis Allex has been held in inhuman conditions for three and a half years now, negotiations have got us nowhere and we were convinced he was in that exact spot.” he continued, “so I believe it was our duty to intervene.”
Denis Allex has been held by the militant group Al Shebab since being seized at a hotel in Mogadishu in July 2009.
Two French soldiers died in the raid in Somalia. Several militants were killed. While it came at the same time as French military intervention was announced in Mali, officials in Paris say there is no link.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2Now is ‘right time’ for Catalonia independence vote, says Mas | euronews, world news
- 3Vatican rocked by another paedophilia scandal | euronews, world news
- 4Two container ships collide on Egypt’s Suez Canal | euronews, no comment
- 5British Muslims’ message to ISIL: Not in my name! | euronews, world news
- 6Sweden becomes first European nation to recognise Palestine | euronews, world news
- 7Algeria: ISIL offshoot releases video threatening French hostage Hervé Gourdel | euronews, world news
- 8Emma Watson threatened with naked photos leak after UN equality speech | euronews, world news
- 9How nasheeds became the soundtrack of jihad | euronews, world news
- 10International tv news | euronews: European and International tv news bulletin
- 11Iceland volcano ‘pollutes Paris’ | euronews, world news
- 12Ebola: Six new suspected cases in Spain | euronews, world news
- 13European Union News | euronews: latest breaking news and headlines about European Union
- 14Learning through “serious games” | euronews, learning world
- 15euronews speaks to Ban Ki-moon ahead of key UN and climate change talks | euronews, the global conversation
- 16Iraq: Baghdad rally held against US ‘occupiers’ | euronews, world news
- 17Mike Tyson: ‘You learn humbleness when you get older in life’ | euronews, the global conversation
- 18US delivers technical aid to Ukraine but warns over security | euronews, world news
- 19euronews apps : iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, Nokia S40, Nokia Asha, Smart TV and Google Glass
- 20Global warming to ‘cause 250,000 extra deaths a year’ | euronews, world news
Wires > News
- 12:15 CET Pakistan suspends licence of anti-government TV channel
- 11:57 CET Juncker’s EU team members get parliamentary approval
- 11:52 CET Think tank says political uncertainty slowing investment in Greece
- 11:40 CET Japan PM’s woes may not end despite resignations of two ministers
- 11:12 CET Hong Kong leader says room for more democracy in panel that…
- 11:09 CET Ukraine vote candidate survives gun and grenade attack – party
- 10:53 CET Russian Energy Minister says hope for gas deal with Ukraine on…
- 10:02 CET U.S. urges Japan to be ‘bold’ in Pacific trade pact talks