An Algerian group linked to Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists threatened to kill a French hostage unless France ends air strikes on ISIS in Iraq. ‘It is up to Hollande, president of the criminal French state, to halt the attacks within 24 hours of this statement, otherwise his national Herve Gourdel will have his throat slit,’ one kidnapper says in the video.
UK Daily Mail Jund al-Khilifa (Soldiers of the Caliphate), which has pledged allegiance to ISIS, said in the video that it carried out Sunday’s kidnapping of the Frenchman in a mountainous region of eastern Algeria where Al-Qaeda is active.
The hostage, Herve Pierre Gourdel, 55, white-haired and bespectacled, is shown squatting on the ground flanked by two hooded men clutching Kalashnikov assault rifles, as he asks for French President Francois Hollande to intervene. Gourdel says he is a native of Nice in southern France who works as a mountain guide, and that he only arrived in Algeria on Saturday. He was seized while hiking with Algerian friends.
In the video, Gourdel says: ‘I am in the hands of Jund al-Khilifa, an Algerian armed group,’‘This armed group is asking me to ask you (President Hollande) to not intervene in Iraq. ‘They are holding me as a hostage and I ask you Mr President to do everything to get me out of this bad situation and I thank you.’