Video released showing man believed to be French security agent kidnapped in SomaliaBy AP
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Video released showing kidnapped French agent
NAIROBI, Kenya — A video showing a man believed to be a French security agent who has been held by an extremist Somali Islamic group for almost a year has been posted on Islamic militant websites.
Denis Allex pleads for his release in the video posted Wednesday asking his compatriots in general to pressure the French government to respond to demands by al-Shabab. The U.S. State Department has designated al-Shabab a terrorist organization and believes it has links with al-Qaida.
SITE Intelligence Group, an organization that monitors militant websites, reposted the video to its site.
French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero declined to comment on the video. The French security agent was captured in Somalia July 14, 2009.