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French hostage in Algeria executed

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Algiers, Sep 24 :

The French hostage kidnapped in northern Algeria was executed by his captors, Xinhua reported Wednesday.

 Hervé Gourdel
Hervé Gourdel

A new video circulated Wednesday showed a French tourist, captured in North Africa by an Islamic State (IS) linked group, as beheaded, the New York Times reported citing SITE Intelligence, which tracks jihadist groups.

The Frenchman,Gourdel, 55, mountaineering guide from Nice, was abducted in Algeria Sunday by a terrorist group, known as Jund al-Khilafah. He had arrived only a day before on a trip to go hiking in Algeria’s northern mountains.

The terrorist group had issued a statement after his abduction, saying that it was following the guidance of the IS group.

(IANS)