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12 janvier 2013 6 12 /01 /janvier /2013 12:15

Somalia Kenya map source bbcimg.co.uk

 

12.01.2013 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense

 

Voici le texte de la dépêche AP qui annonce que des commandos français auraient mené une attaque contre un repère islamiste en Somalie, visiblement pour libérer un/des otages(s).

 

L'attaque aurait été menée à partir de quatre hélicoptères militaires, contre une habitation de Bulomarer, une localité contrôlée par les islamistes shebab et située à 110 km au sud de la capitale Mogadiscio.

 

Depuis cette dépêche, pas mal de rumeurs circulent, en particulier sur l'échec de cette mission qui aurait pu être lancée pour délivrer l'agent de la DGSE détenu depuis juillet 2009. Les miliciens islamistes somaliens affirment, en particulier, avoir tué un assaillant français. D'autres sources annoncent la mort de l'otage français.

 

Jean-Yves Le Drian , le ministre de la Défense qui s'exprimera à 11h sur le Mali, devrait aussi apporter des éclaircissements.

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — French commandoes on Saturday attacked a base of Islamist militants in Somalia in a hostage rescue attempt, a Somali intelligence official said. Residents of the town said they heard explosions and gunfire. The attack occurred in the town of Bulomarer, and come on the heels of French military intervention in Mali, another African country. The intelligence official, who insisted on anonymity because he was not allowed to discuss the case with the press, said the French commandos were trying to rescue a kidnapped military advisor who they were tipped off was being held there. A French security adviser was kidnapped by the militant Islamist group al-Shabab in Mogadishu, the capital, in 2009. The intelligence official said the raid caused casualties but that he had no information on the hostage. "We are aware of the deaths of several al-Shabab fighters during the operation," he said. "Helicopters dropped off soldiers to rescue the man. We don't have confirmations that the man has been rescued." With France having acted Friday to help Mali against al-Qaida-linked militants who hold more than half of that country and are encroaching further on government-held territory, the raid in Somalia could have been aimed at preventing al-Shabab fighters from harming the French hostage in reprisal. The attack was swift and loud, local residents said. "We heard a series of explosions followed by gunfire just seconds after a helicopter flew over the town," Mohamed Ali, a resident of Bulomarer, told The Associated Press by phone. "We don't know exactly what happened but the place was an al-Shabab base and checkpoint."

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