Hollande confirms French hostage 'assassinated' in Algeria

French President Francois Hollande confirmed the execution of Frenchman Herve Gourdel, who was held hostage by Algerian militants

Hollande confirms French hostage 'assassinated' in Algeria

World Bulletin/News Desk

French President Francois Hollande has confirmed French hostage Herve Pierre Gourdel has been "assassinated" by a militant group in Algeria claiming to be affiliated with ISIL.

Hollande's comments came on Wednesday after the Jund al-Khilafa group published a video apparently showing the beheading of Gourdel, who was kidnapped over the weekend in Tizi-Ouzou, north central Algeria.

Speaking in New York where he was attending the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Hollande said that Gourdel had been "cruelly murdered".

He said: "Gourdel was killed because he is French ... because France is fighting DAECH (ISIL)."

"This aggression helps to reinforce our determination. We will continue to fight against DAECH. Military air operations will, therefore, continue."

The video, entitled "Blood Message to France", apparently showed kidnapped French national Gourdel kneeling before four armed men with his hands bound behind his back and staring at the ground, reported French TV channel BFMTV on Wednesday.

His captors then read a script announcing he would be killed, wrestled him to the ground and placed a knife at his throat, and shows the captors holding his severed head.

The Jund al-Khilafa, group claiming to be affiliated with ISIL, had issued a video on Monday threatening to execute Gourdel within 24 hours, if Hollande failed to stop military operations in Iraq against ISIL.

Gourdel was a mountain guide who arrived in Algeria on September 20.

French leaders have continuously said they will not negotiate with the group.

Last Mod: 24 Eylül 2014, 22:44
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