UPDATE: THE VIDEO release of the beheading of French hiker Herve Gourdel was issued by Algerian militants and shows the tourist kneeling with his arms bound behind his back, as four masked men read out a message condemning France in Arabic.
Gourdel was then ‘pushed on to his side and held down’ as he was beheaded.
The group, known as the Caliphate Soldiers released the video earlier today, but France’s foreign minister Laurent Fabius insisted the abduction would not deter his nation’s participation in a US-led offensive against IS.
According to military sources, there are still 10 Western hostages being held by the Islamic State.
ORIGINAL STORY: REPORTS just in that a French hostage has been beheaded on video by the Islamic state.
A French hostage being held in Syria by IS (Islamic State) has reportedly been killed. The hostage, 55 year old Herve Gourdel, has been beheaded on video and the image sent out worldwide on social media sites. The French man, from Nice was kidnapped on Sunday whilst hiking by Jund al Khilifa.
The group had apparently given France a 24 hr deadline to stop the airstrikes in Iraq.
Gourdel will be the fourth hostage to be beheaded, two Americans and one Briton have already been executed in the last month.