France says 2nd commando missing since bungled Somalia hostage rescue is likely dead

Associated Press

PARIS - France's defence minister says a French commando who went missing during the bungled attempt to rescue a hostage in Somalia was most likely killed during the operation.

Jean-Yves Le Drian says "everything leads us to believe" that the missing commando was killed. Another French commando was already confirmed killed in the operation, as well as the hostage, a French intelligence agent captured in 2009.

Speaking after a meeting with French President Francois Hollande Monday, Le Drian also said France believes that the Islamist al-Shabab group is preparing a "macabre and disgraceful" display of the dead soldiers' bodies.

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