ISIS-linked group beheads French hostage in video

Hollande, France will never give in, air strikes will continue

24 September, 19:50

    A frame from the video showing the beheading of French hostage Hervé Gourdel A frame from the video showing the beheading of French hostage Hervé Gourdel

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, SEPTEMBER 24 - An Islamic State (IS)-linked group in Algeria released a video on Wednesday claiming to have executed a Frenchman taken hostage over the weekend. The video ends with the terrorists holding the cut head of Hervè Gourdel, a 55-year old alpine guide.

    The video by Jund Al-Khalifa, an alleged affiliate of the jihadist group currently being targeted by US-led airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, is entitled 'Blood Message for the French Government' and shows the beheading of Gourdel. "It's our revenge against the French crusade aggression to the caliphate", the terrorists say in the video.

    On Monday the group had threatened to kill the 55-year-old, who was taken hostage in the Algerian mountains, if France did not halt the airstrikes on IS positions in Iraq. On Tuesday, French president Francois Hollande clearly said that despite the seriousness of the situation, the country would not give in to the 'blackmail' of terrorists. Over the weekend IS spokesman Abu Muhammed Al Adnani targeted France in particular in a video message. France is the only European country to have launched airstrikes against IS as part of the US-led coalition.

    Speaking in New York on Wednesday, French president Francois Hollande said that ''France will never give in to terrorism, as is its duty and its honor''.

    He added that ''this attack strengthens my resolve'' to fight terrorism, confirming that military operations in Iraq would continue and that he would be calling a meeting of the Council of Defense on Thursday in Paris. ''We will continue to fight terrorism everywhere and especially against the Islamic State (IS), which is bringing death to Iraq and Syria, persecuting religious minorities, raping and beheading.'' He added that ''airstrikes will continue for all the time necessary. I want all possible measures to be taken to ensure the security of French nationals, both in France and around the world.''

    (ANSAmed).

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