French spy escapes Somali captors, allegedly killing three

Hotel Sahafi

Hotel Sahafi

One of two French intelligence agents arrested by a Somali militia in July has escaped, after allegedly killing three of his captors. Somali military officer Farhan Asanyo told British newspaper The Daily Mail that the Frenchman approached government soldiers in Mogadishu early yesterday morning, identified himself and said he had escaped. He was then taken to the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu, where he now remains. The French Foreign Ministry has disputed Asanyo’s account, saying that the French intelligence agent escaped without resorting to violence and without a ransom having been paid by Paris. The French government has refused to identify the two Frenchmen, saying only that they were on “an official mission” to advise Somali President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed’s crumbling Western-backed government on “security matters”. As intelNews reported before, at the time of their abduction, the two agents were residing at the Sahafi Hotel International in Mogadishu, pretending to be journalists.

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