French Hostage Beheaded by Islamist Militant Group

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A Frenchman who was kidnapped over the weekend in Algeria appears to have been beheaded in a video that was posted online Wednesday.

The video shows armed men beheading a man who appears to be Herve Gourdel — a man who the French foreign ministry said was kidnapped Sunday in Algeria’s Tizi-Ouzou region east of Algiers.

In the video, the armed men claim to belong to Islamist militant group Jund al-Khilafa — or Soldiers of the Caliphate — in Algeria, and pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The video — titled “A message of blood for the French government” — surfaced as French Prime Minister Manuel Valls addressed the French National Assembly, the country’s lower house of parliament, about the fight against ISIS.

The French government did not immediately confirm the authenticity of the video.

If the video is verified it would be the latest videotaped beheading of a Westerner by an Islamist extremist group. American journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley and British aid worker David Haines were beheaded by ISIS.

News of a possible new murder comes on the same day President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations, calling for all countries to unite against terrorism and brutality wrought by ISIS. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria goes against everything Islam stands for, he said. Islam, the President, is about peace.

1 Comment

  • K

    And these mentally weak and morally vacant (people) accomplish nothing but add to the rational people around the world who despise them and wish to see them destroyed. All in the name of a god.

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