France could use force to free Somalia hostages.

FRANCE SOMALIA KIDNAPPING

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French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner 1PARIS – France’s foreign minister says the country doesn’t rule out sending commandos to try to free two French security advisers held hostage in Somalia.

Bernard Kouchner says the two men are being held separately, apparently by two different militant groups.

The men were seized July 14 in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, while on an official mission to help train Somalia’s security forces, which are fighting Islamist militiamen.

Asked whether France could send troops to try to free the hostages, Kouchner said Tuesday that Somalia’s government has not requested such help but that “nothing is ruled out.”

He says “the priority is for negotiations.”

A rebel group has said the two would be tried under Islamic law for alleged spying.

Source:       AP

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