Algeria kills suspect in French beheading

Army says it killed a man last month who was involved in the murder in September of French hiker Herve Gourdel.

    Algeria kills suspect in French beheading
    Gourdel was kidnapped while hiking in Algeria's Djurdjura mountains [Reuters]

    The Algerian army says it has killed a man suspected of kidnapping and beheading a French hiker, following France's decision to launch air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq.

    Tayeb Louh, Algeria's justice minister, said on Wednesday that the army killed a man last month who was suspected of taking part in the beheading of Herve Gourdel.

    "One of the suspects was eliminated in October by the army during an anti-terrorist operation," Louh told reporters, citing a probe into the murder of the 55-year-old.

    Gourdel was kidnapped while hiking in a national park in Algeria's Djurdjura mountains, once a magnet for tourists but later becoming a sanctuary for armed groups.

    He was later beheaded in a video posted online by a group calling itself the "Soldiers of the Caliphate" after France rejected a 24-hour ultimatum to halt its air raids against ISIL.

    The Algerian army combed the mountains where the September 24 beheading took place, allegedly killing several fighters and finding the campsite where the video was shot.

    The "Soldiers of the Caliphate" split from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in September and pledged allegiance to ISIL and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has declared himself the Caliph of all Muslims.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    We visualised 1.2 million votes at the UN since 1946. What do you think are the biggest issues facing the world today?

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.