French forces failed rescuing intelligence officer in Somalia.
African Security News.- Photo of French intelligence officer with name Denis Allex, killed during a failed raid to rescue him by French special forces.
SOMALIA.- French commandos launched a failed raid in Somalia in a failed attempt to rescue an french intelligence officer held captive for 3½ years, the Defense Ministry announced Saturday. Islamists denied that he was killed. READ MORE HERE
The overnight rescue attempt, in the Somali town of Bulomarer, which cost France the lives of at least two people, dramatized the dangers facing the French military as it takes on the Islamist groups in hostile regions of northern Africa where they have taken root.
The french rescue operation in Somalia was designed to liberate Denis Allex, the official identity of an agent of the French intelligence service, the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE). Allex and a colleague were abducted by Somali islamic extremists in July 2009, soon after the pair, posing as journalists, checked into a hotel in the capital Mogadishu.Allex’s colleague escaped his captors a month later, but Allex remained in the terrorists hands in what the french Defense Ministry described as “inhumane conditions.”Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a news conference that “everything indicates” Allex was killed by his captors as DGSE commandos assaulted his place of imprisonment at Bulomarer, an islamic extremists-controlled town about 70 miles southwest of Mogadishu.