– AUDACIOUS ESCAPE FORM AL-SHABAB CAPTIVITY
A French intelligence agent, Marc Aubriere, has escaped, on Wednesday 08/26/2009, his Somali Hizb ul-Islam captors more than one month after being taken from a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, on Monday 07/13/2009 (see – Mogadishu 07.13.09).
The man, who was one of two French agents abducted on July 14, identified himself to Somali government troops, on Wednesday 08/26/2009, and was taken to the presidential palace.
“We understand he killed three [anti-government] al-Shabab guys who were guarding him,” Abdiqadir Odweyne, a senior police commander, told the Reuters news agency. “I cannot understand how this good story happened, but now he is in the hands of the government.”
The French foreign ministry denied the reports saying: “His release took place without violence, contrary to certain suggestions made locally.”
Marc Aubriere confirmed that he did not use violence to escape. He walked five hours through one of the most dangerous cities in the world to safety at the country’s presidential palace.
The fate of the second man was unclear as they had been split up after being taken from the hotel. One was taken by the al-Shabab while the other was handed over to an al-Shabab ally group Hizb ul-Islam (Party of Islam).
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