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French Hostage Herve Gourdel Beheaded

  • A mountaineer in his late 50s, Herve Gourdel was kidnapped last weekend from an Algerian region by an Algerian militant group. A video posted online on Wednesday showed the killing of the French hostage. The news was announced to the United Nations General Assembly by French President Francois Hollande.

    The President has conveyed his condolences to the family of Gourdel in a news conference and has assured that Algeria will seek justice. He also stated that the attack will in no way hinder France’s role in the fight against terrorism. As per the media reports the video was titled “A message of blood for the French government.” Algerian government referred the beheading as an act of “criminals.”