IS video claims beheading of French hostage

Published September 24th, 2014 - 07:55 GMT

Algerian militants with potential links to the ISIL cult released the footage on Wednesday apparently showing the execution of Frenchman Herve Gourdel, according to the SITE monitoring service.

The video shows the 55-year-old tourist kneeling with his arms tied behind his back.

The militants then pushed the French tourist on his side and held him down. The video does not represent how the beheading happened; however, a militant later holds the head up to the camera

French President Francois Hollande confirmed the killing, saying his country would continue participating in the so-called US-led coalition against ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

The recent beheading marks the latest in a series of gruesome attacks by ISIL Takfiri terrorists against foreigners in the Middle East.

US journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, were both beheaded in two videos released by the Takfiri group. Both of them were abducted in Syria.

The United States and some of its regional allies, chief among them Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have been supporting militant groups in Syria to fight the government there.

Last year, ISIL exploited the chaos of the Syrian conflict to capture large swaths of territory there before sweeping through neighboring Iraq.

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