French Hostage Herve Pierre Gourdel Murdered

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Jund al-Khilafah in Algeria beheaded its French hostage, Hervé Gourdel, after having given a 24-hour deadline for French President Francois Hollande to stop airstrikes on the Islamic State (IS).

The 4 minute, 46 second video entitled, "A Message with Blood to the French Government," was posted on Twitter on September 24, 2014. The production was made to resemble IS videos of beheadings, but showed a clip of Hollande in place of Obama, and showed a similar title screen. Footage shows fighters standing behind Gourdel as one reads a speech, and then they hold him down while one takes a knife. The actual beheading is not shown, but a subsequent scene shows his severed head sitting on his lap, and then the fighters holding it up.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to France and the family of Mr. Gourdel.

Hat Tip: Mr Orange.

Posted by: Howie at 10:30 AM


1 My condolences to his family and friends. We did not have any good choices in his case.

Posted by: Valerie at September 24, 2014 12:27 PM

At least people can't say France is always weak.

Posted by: john at September 24, 2014 01:27 PM

3 Who could have imagined visiting a filthy muslim shit hole for vacation, would end with your head sitting on your lap?

Oh, right - everybody, ever.

Posted by: Yalaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! at September 24, 2014 01:54 PM

4 Obviously a stupid choice but that still doesn't justify cutting off his head.

Posted by: john at September 24, 2014 02:18 PM

5 The murdering islamonazis are responsible for their own actions. They will be held to account for this.

Posted by: Mullah Gitawny at September 24, 2014 02:51 PM

6 Utter madness for the French guy to visit Tizi Ouzoi (the place where he got kidnapped), probably the most dangerous place to visit in Algeria. Sadly he paid the price of it by getting his head chopped of by evil islamic terrorists. Just by visiting the tripadvisor site on the area of Tizi Ouzou came a quote from a user called Andrasz on 18th August 2013:

"The Kabylie hill country is probably the most instable and hazardous region in Algeria, avoided even by those who consider large parts of Algeria to be generally safe for travel. I regularly visit the southern desert regions, but would not think of going anywhere near Tizi Ouzou at present. I know of a few very experienced travellers who did it solo, but if you need the support of a tour company then this is not something you should contemplate for the time being."

Posted by: Birbal Dhar at September 24, 2014 04:42 PM

7 sure, he should not have gone there; however, there is no excuse for these monsters murdering him. i refuse to blame the victim here. dumb move on his part, sure, but he was not "asking for it." these are psychotic, barbaric monsters. period.

Posted by: blondo at September 24, 2014 07:01 PM

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