Al-Shabab, an al Qaida-inspired militant Islamist organization operating in Somalia, said that Denis Allex, the French intelligence officer they have held since 2009, has been executed in Bulomarer, located south of the capital Mogadishu. The sentence was allegedly carried out at 4:30 p.m. local time Wednesday.
One of al-Shabab's leaders confirmed the execution. He added that audio and video are available and will be released any time they decide, according to media reports.
Two French soldiers died in Bulomarer in a raid seemingly organized to secure the hostage's release.
Residents said the fighting was the heaviest they had seen in years and that both sides used heavy machine guns and anti-aircraft weapons. They said eight civilians died during the operation.
Later, al-Shabab militants said in a statement they had reached an unanimous decision to execute Allex as a means of avenging the dozens of Muslim civilians senselessly killed by the French forces during the operation.
The group also cited "France's increasing persecution of Muslims around the world, its oppressive anti-Islam policies at home, French military operations in ... Afghanistan and most recently, in Mali."
However, Somali sources stated that Allex may have been killed during the failed liberalization attempt by elite DGSE secret service. At the same time, sources believes that the reason for this failure was because the group had received advance warning, which senior al-Shabab commander Sheikh Mohamed Ibrahim confirmed by telephone without giving further details.
Elsewhere in the same context, Algeria’s state news agency has said 30 local workers, including a French couple, have escaped from their captors at In Amenas gas field in southeastern Algeria. It added that the Algerian army has surrounded the site and the Masked Brigade members have threatened to blow up the facility if the army attacks.
Later, Mauritania’s ANI news agency reported that 34 hostages and 14 of their captors were reportedly killed in an air raid, on Thursday afternoon by the Algerian armed forces.
In response, a spokesman for the Masked Brigade threatened that the kidnappers would kill the remaining hostages if the Algerian army approached.
The Algerian government has not issued any statement, but it seems that most governments will blame Algeria who rushed for the air strike. The nationality of the dead hostages is unknown as of now. Previously confirmed information stated that abducted individuals hailed from these countries: Britain, Norway, France, US, Romania, Colombia, Thailand, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, Germany and the Philippines.
Of course, I am against kidnapping and murder as so many others. At the same time, we are against any person or state attacking religion, the Islamic religion specifically, under the guise of "practicing personal freedom."
France, in the recent years, acted with disrespect and insulted the Muslims. French magazines published many caricature drawings of the Prophet Mohammad in addition to putting pressure on Muslims regarding the subject of the Islamic veil, as if this veil is the most important problem in France. Muslims acted out in violence over perceived insults to Islam, feeling it is wrong to disrespect a religion and its tenets.
I expected this end for Allex. I also know that any foreign troops fighting on others land, whatever strength and weapons they have, will never win. There are many examples to this, and everyone knows it. As the economic crisis afflicting the world today, is because of random wars that were carried out due to hatred and resentment.
The Western person should think before directing his weapons at al-Qaida that this gun or drone will kill a human being. The Western countries should imagine the catastrophe that will happen if al-Qaida obtained these drones filled with missiles and dropped it in the middle of their own capitals. Many of those Western countries have previously killed many innocents that were not linked to Al-Qaida.
The French attack to Mali is unjustified, despite the Western and Arab support provided. France should realize that violence leads to violence. Therefore I hope the elders of the world, Muslims, Christians, Jews and other faiths, meet and reaffirm the principle of respect for all. We all worship one God and we must respect the religion of others, no matter how much we disagree with them.