Somali militants to post French hostage's fate

After taunting France's president and posting photos of a killed French commando on its Twitter account, an al-Qaida group says it will soon post the fate of Denis Allex, held hostage since 2009.

LONDON — Somali militants linked to al-Qaida said Monday they had reached a decision on the fate of Frenchman Denis Allex, held hostage since 2009, and that a message "containing the verdict is forthcoming," according to the SITE monitoring service.

Al-Shabaab, the al-Qaida-affiliated militant group that controls much of southern Somalia, earlier Monday said two French commandos had died in their custody after a failed bid to rescue Allex at the weekend.

Two photos on the group's Twitter account show a man wearing military pants and a blood-soaked shirt surrounded by three guns, ammunition clips and protective gear.

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The posting taunted France's president, saying: "Francois Hollande, was it worth it?"

France believes the hostage, whose code name was Denis Allex, was also killed, though al-Shabab says he is still alive.

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