Algerian military vehicles are driven on a mountain near the village of Ait Ouabane, where a Frenchman was kidnapped by militants on Sunday, southeast of Algiers September 23, 2014. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi
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Algerian militants have released a video that appears to show them beheading Frenchman Herve Gourdel, who was kidnapped on Sunday, in what the group said was a response to France's action against Islamic State militants in Iraq.The Caliphate Soldiers, a splinter group linked to Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, had on Monday published a video claiming responsibility for the abduction and showed the man identifying himself as Gourdel.France launched its first air strikes targeting Islamic State targets in Iraq on Friday.The kidnapping was one of the first abductions of a foreigner by militants in Algeria since the North African country ended its decade-long war with Islamist fighters in the 1990s.
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