Somalia's Al-Shabaab claims French hostage executed
French officials believe agent codenamed 'Denis Allex' killed in a raid last week
Somalia's most dangerous militant group says it has killed a French hostage that French military forces tried to rescue last weekend.
Al-Shabaab said in a Twitter posting today that the agent, codenamed Denis Allex, was executed Wednesday evening Somalia time.
French officials have said they believe Allex was killed the night of the raid.
Allex, a French intelligence agent, was taken by the militants in July 2009 and had been held ever since.
A French raid Friday night and early Saturday failed to rescue him, and resulted in the deaths of two French troops and 17 Somalis, French officials say.