Briefly: 10 terrorists jailed for plotting attacks


ADDIS ABABA — An Ethiopian court has sentenced 10 men to prison terms for between three and 20 years for plotting terrorist attacks with Islamist extremist rebels from neighboring Somalia.

Among those sentenced is a Kenyan national, Hassan Jarso who pleaded guilty when charged in May.

Federal Judge Bahiru Darecha sentenced Jarso to 17 years in prison on Tuesday.

Eleven men originally were charged with the terrorism-related crimes, but one was acquitted. Six of the men were sentenced in absentia.

The sentences come amid signs of increasing militancy in the East African nation. Ethiopian troops moved into Somalia in 2011 to fight the Islamist extremist rebels, al-Shabab.

Ethiopia’s intelligence agency said in early January that 15 people were arrested as alleged members of a terrorist cell linked to al-Shabab.


Militants threaten to kill French hostage

MOGADISHU — Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked rebels said Wednesday that they will kill the French intelligence agent they hold hostage.

The Islamist extremists said that France signed the death warrant of a French intelligence agent by launching a rescue operation last weekend that failed to free him, in a statement released Wednesday.

The militant group al-Shabab has held the French agent, Denis Allex, since July 2009.

Al-Shabab said that it decided to kill Mr. Allex in retaliation for the late Friday to early Saturday operation. Two French soldiers and 17 Somalis were killed during the rescue attempt, French officials say.

French officials believe Mr. Allex already is dead. Al-Shabab has said Mr. Allex is still alive after the rescue attempt.


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