French hostage reportedly beheaded by ISIS-linked group in Algeria
— E | Resistance (@ResistanceER) September 24, 2014
French tourist Herve Gourdel has been killed by an Algerian jihadi group, according to a video posted on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/f6PilRPxnr
— BBC Newsbeat (@BBCNewsbeat) September 24, 2014
— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) September 24, 2014
French media reporting the murder by beheading of French Hervé Gourdel by djihadists affiliated with IS. pic.twitter.com/VPFULJ6j8T
— Agnes Poirier (@AgnesCPoirier) September 24, 2014
According to BBC News, Gourdel, 55 years old, was seized on Sunday in the unsettled north-east Kabylie area of Algeria.
Islamic State militants warned on Sunday they would target Americans and other Western citizens, “especially the spiteful and filthy French”, after French jets joined the US in carrying out strikes in Iraq on IS targets.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.