Somalia-French Hostage

January 17, 2013 - 10:32 AM
FILE- In this undated file image from a video posted on islamic militant websites and made available Wednesday June 9 2010, a man identified as French security agent Denis Allex pleads for his release from the Somali militant group al-Shabaab who have been holding him for nearly a year. Somalia's most dangerous militant group said Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 that it killed Allex, whom French military forces tried to rescue last weekend during a botched raid. Al-Shabab said in a Twitter posting that the kidnapped intelligence agent, codenamed Denis Allex, was executed Wednesday evening, Jan. 16, 2013 Somalia time. French officials have said they believe Allex was killed the night of the raid and that claims by al-Shabab of an impending execution were propaganda. (AP Photo, File)