French commando killed trying to rescue hostage from Somali militants in daring helicopter raid

French commando killed trying to rescue hostage from Somali militants in daring helicopter raid Militant group al-Shabab have held French soldier Denis Allex since 2009French spies stormed house after arriving in five helicoptersOne soldier killed and another was reported missing Initial reports Mr Allex was shot dead during the raid have been denied by those holding him , 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.