Algerian extremists allied with the Islamic State (IS) group have decapitated a French hostage after France ignored their demand to stop airstrikes in Iraq, the Yahoo News website reports today (September 24, 2014).
A group calling itself Jund al-Khilafah -- or Soldiers of the Caliphate -- had said they would kill French mountaineer Herve Gourdel after abducting him unless France ended its airstrikes against IS fighters in Iraq within 24 hours.
The French government insisted it would not back down.
Gourdel -- a 55-year-old mountaineering guide from Nice, France -- was seized in the Djura Djura mountains of northern Algeria on September 21, during a hiking trip. His Algerian companions were released.