A French security agent kidnapped by insurgents in Somalia has escaped by killing three of his captors, Somali officials have claimed.
The agent, one of two kidnapped last month, is now safely under protection at the presidential palace, officials said.
Military officer Farhan Asanyo, told how the man unexpectedly approached government soldiers early this morning, identified himself and said he had escaped.
'The man told them that he was one of the French officials held by militants,' he said.
'He said he escaped after killing three of his captors, and we sent him to the presidential palace.'