Somali militants post photo of dead French soldier

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Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013 9:17 am

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A Somali militant group has posted photos of what appears to be a dead French soldier.

Two photos posted by an al-Shabab-run Twitter account show a man wearing military pants and a blood-soaked shirt surrounded by three guns, ammunition clips and protective gear. Al-Shabab is the al-Qaida-affiliated militant group that controls much of southern Somalia.

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

The soldier was killed during a botched military raid early Saturday to rescue a French intelligence officer held by al-Shabab for the last three years.

France's defense minister said Monday that it was likely two commandos were killed during the raid. 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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