Hollande steps up security in France over military operations in Mali, Somalia

London, Jan. 13 (ANI): French President Francois Hollande has ordered to beef up security around public buildings and transport because of military operations in Africa.

He was responding to the risk of Islamist attack after French forces attacked militants in Mali and Somalia.

According to the BBC, a pilot was killed as air strikes were launched on an area of Malian rebels.

Hollande said that in Somalia, two French soldiers were 'sacrificed' in a raid to free a French hostage. The hostage was believed to have died.

France's anti-terrorism alert system known as 'Vigipirate' is being reinforced immediately, with security boosted at public buildings and transport networks, particularly rail and air, the report said.

Holland said that the 'struggle against terrorism' required all necessary precautions to be taken in France itself.

According to the report, his remarks came within hours of one of the Islamist groups targeted by French military action in Mali threatening reprisals against France.

An Ansar Dine spokesman told and international news agency there would be consequences for French citizens throughout the Muslim world, the report said.

French troops were deployed in Mali on Friday after the army lost control of a strategically important town to Islamists who were advancing south.

A battle erupted with al-Shabab militants and, according to President Hollande, the operation failed 'despite the sacrifice of two of our soldiers and probably the assassination of our hostage', the report added. (ANI)


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