Jan. 12 - French intelligence officer Denis Allex and a French soldier are believed dead after a fierce firefight between Somali insurgents and French armed forces in rescue attempt. Lindsey Parietti reports.
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A French intelligence officer held hostage in Somalia for three and a half years is believed to be dead after a failed rescue attempt.
Seen here in a video broadcast by al Qaeda-linked insurgents, Denis Allex was one of two intelligence officers captured in Mogadishu in July 2009.
The other man escaped a month later.
The defence minister said Allex and a French soldier are believed dead after "very violent combat" with Somali insurgents Friday night.
But the militants holding Allex said in a statement he was alive and far from the base that was raided.
The al-Shabaab group also said they were holding an injured French soldier.
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