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8 civilians dead in French Somalia raid

- January 13, 2013 - Updated 1533 PKT - From Web Edition

MOGADISHU: At least eight civilians were killed during France's botched attempt to free a hostage in Somalia, witnesses said Sunday.

Four were killed outside Bulomarer, the town where the failed raid took place on Saturday, and four were caught in crossfire during a pitched battle between French commandos and Islamist fighters, the witnesses said by telephone.

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