French hostage killed by Somali militants during botched rescue mission

Two French commandos killed and hostage murdered by captors after daring helicopter raid on Somali militants ends in disaster Militant group al-Shabab had held French soldier Denis Allex since 2009French spies stormed house after arriving in five helicoptersThree civilians and 17 Islamists also killed during fire fight Operation came hours after pilot died during French attacks on Malian militants , looking gaunt, he sent a video message to new President Francois Hollande, telling how his hopes of a rescue were fading by the day. He calls on France to drop its 'oppressive attitude' towards Muslims and says Mr Hollande represented his last hope of rescue. Poignantly, he adds: 'I am alive.