A video has been released showing the beheading of a French hostage being held by a Algerian group affiliated with the Islamic State (IS).
Hervé Gourdel, 55, was being held by a group calling themselves Jund al-Khilafah, or Soldiers of the Caliphate. The group released a video two days ago saying it had kidnapped the French citizen while he was hiking in the heart of the Djurdjura National Park in Algeria. In the video a masked militant said Gourdel would die within 24-hours unless France halted its airstrikes on Iraq.
France rejected the group’s 24-hour ultimatum, with Hollande vowing the country would not be deterred from continuing its military action.
The video released today, entitled “A Message with Blood to the French Government”, employs a similar style to those used in previous videos by IS showing the beheadings of three/Western/hostages.
It begins with a clip of…
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