An Algerian group linked to the Islamic State has threatened to kill a French hostage within 24 hours unless Paris halts air strikes on IS in Iraq, in a video posted this week.
Jund al-Khilifa (Soldiers of the Caliphate), which has pledged allegiance to IS, said in the video that it carried out the kidnapping of the Frenchman in a mountainous region of eastern Algeria where Al-Qaeda is active.
The hostage, Hervé Pierre Gourdel, 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.
“It is up to Hollande, president of the criminal French state, to halt the attacks on the Islamic State within 24 hours of this statement, otherwise his national Hervé Gourdel will have his throat slit,” one of his kidnappers says in the video.
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