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    Frenchman 'Kills & flees from Somali captors'

    Frenchman 'flees Somali captors'


    Much of south Somalia is controlled by al-Shabab and its militia allies

    A French security adviser seized by Islamist militants in Somalia has escaped his captors, officials say.

    The Frenchman, who was kidnapped from a hotel in Mogadishu along with a colleague last month, reportedly killed three militants as he made his escape.

    Nothing is known of the fate of the second hostage, who is being held by a different rebel faction.

    The pair were part of a team training government forces, who are battling the rebels for control of the country.

    A spokesman for the interim government, Abdulkadir Hussein Wehliye, said the man who escaped was in the presidential palace and "in a good mood".

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    A government military official, Farhan Asanyo, said the man unexpectedly came up to government soldiers early on Wednesday, identified himself and said he had escaped.

    "The man told them that he was one of the French officials held by militants," Mr Asanyo said.



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    "He said he escaped after killing three of his captors, and we sent him to the presidential palace."

    The BBC's Mohammed Olad Hassan, in Mogadishu, says the two French captives were being held by different factions.

    While fighters from the Hizbul-Islam group were holding the man who has now escaped, their allies from al-Shabab are thought to hold the other man.

    The two groups control much of southern Somalia, but analysts say al-Shabab is known for being the more radical of the two groups.

    Al-Shabab fighters care little for their public image and they have carried out killings on camera.

    Both groups are said to have links to al-Qaeda and have been reinforced by foreign fighters.

    Somalia has not had a functioning central government since 1991.

    Moderate Islamist Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed was sworn in as president in January after UN-brokered peace talks.

    He promised to introduce Sharia law but the hardliners accuse him of being a western stooge.


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    Well done that man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    The pair were part of a team training government forces
    Looks like these muppets picked the wrong Frenchman to mess with this time. Good on him.

    Hopefully the people he was training were taking notes, it sounds like he knows what he's talking about.

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    Great work by the frog.

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    Well done frog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bretby View Post
    Well done that man.
    Yes indeed , although I wouldn't want to be in the other captives shoes right now. Best of luck to him.

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    probably cut his feet off so he couldn't escape.

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    Good job!

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    Must have taken some balls to go from thinking about it to actually doing it.

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    balls or desperation.

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    They very rarely kill hostages, at least not straight away, he took it from a reasonably safe situation he was in to a life threatening one, that takes real big balls to do that.

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    Nice work. Screwing with this guy is almost as lethal as flying on an Airbus.

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    sinkhole alert.

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    I'm sure someone's working on the screenplay already (though somehow I think his nationality might not survive unchanged).

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    Beggar, I thought the title said Frenchman kills fleas from Somali...never mind.

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    Obvioulsy the people on here are far too intelligent and civilised to make a churlish and biggoted comment along the lines of "Thats a surprise a French [at][at][at][at] making the headlines for fleeing from something."

    Cheers

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    Actually, as it turns out he snuck out at midnight as the "tired" guards fell asleep. No one was killed or even hurt.

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    Surrender monkey sneaks out whilst guards asleep.

    Somalia hostage tells of escape


    Marc Aubriere walked through Mogadishu, where gun battles are common


    A French security adviser seized by Islamist militants in Somalia has told the BBC how he escaped from his captors without a struggle while they slept.

    Marc Aubriere was kidnapped from a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, along with a colleague last month.

    He told the BBC Somali Service that after fleeing his Hizbul-Islam captors he walked for five hours until he reached the presidential palace.

    French foreign ministry officials say the second hostage is still being held.

    I'm happy and I will soon see my family
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    The pair were part of a team who were in the country to train troops from the UN-backed interim government, which is battling Islamist rebels for control of the country.

    Mr Aubriere described his immense relief at being free.

    "Of course I feel better than one day ago. Yes I feel very well. I'm happy and I will soon see my family," he said.

    He said he had been well-treated and well-fed by his captors from the hard-line Islamist group Hizbul-Islam.

    But he said was worried about his colleague, who the BBC's Mohammed Olad Hassan in Mogadishu says is being held by another Islamist faction, al-Shabab.

    'Without violence'

    Earlier reports said Mr Aubriere killed three militants as he fled, but he denied the claims.

    "I escaped at midnight last night. The guards were very tired and sleepy. I didn't kill anyone or injure anyone while escaping," Mr Aubriere said.

    France's foreign ministry also denied any violence was used and other reports that he had been freed after a ransom was paid.



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    "Despite certain allegations and rumours, this happened without violence and France did not pay a ransom," spokesman Eric Chevallier told reporters.

    Al-Shabab and Hizbul-Islam control much of southern Somalia, but analysts say al-Shabab is known for being the more radical of the two groups.

    Al-Shabab fighters care little for their public image and they have carried out killings on camera.

    Both groups are said to have links to al-Qaeda and have been reinforced by foreign fighters.

    Somalia has not had a functioning central government since 1991.

    Moderate Islamist Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed was sworn in as president in January after UN-brokered peace talks.

    He promised to introduce Sharia law but the hardliners accuse him of being a Western stooge.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post

    "I didn't kill anyone or injure anyone while escaping," Mr Aubriere said.
    Gods forbid a Frenchie would kill anyone. The terrorists are now probably torturing the buddy he left behind.

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    If he killed his guards, he wasn't fleeing from them.

    How do you flee from dead men?

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    Quote Originally Posted by plorf
    Well done frog.
    They are quite good at fleeing, aren't they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan
    I'm sure someone's working on the screenplay already (though somehow I think his nationality might not survive unchanged).
    Agreed, I'm sure it'll be rewritten so that he's a good ol' American boy...Ah, Hollywood changing history..don't you just love it...not too mention Mel Gibson's The Patriot...that's a laugh a minute...need I go on...U571...the Royal Navy UK...no yanks in sight!!

    Back to the OP, at first glance I was gonna hasten to ask if this guy had been in the foreign legion...then the story at the bottom mentioned he ran away in the middle of the night...Which ever way you escaped works for me..

    I do however have one question????? WTF were you doing in a hotel in
    Moga-don-dishu??? is you craaaaazy boy!!!!

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