Algerian troops conduct a search operation on October 10, 2014, near the village of Ait Ouabane, for the body of 55-year old French tourist and moutain-guide Herve Gourdel
Algerian troops conduct a search operation on October 10, 2014, near the village of Ait Ouabane, for the body of 55-year old French tourist and moutain-guide Herve Gourdel © Farouk Batiche - AFP/File
Algerian troops conduct a search operation on October 10, 2014, near the village of Ait Ouabane, for the body of 55-year old French tourist and moutain-guide Herve Gourdel
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Last updated: November 26, 2014

Algeria army kills suspect in Frenchman's beheading

Algerian Justice Minister Tayeb Louh said on Wednesday that the army last month killed a jihadist suspected of taking part in the beheading of Frenchman Herve Gourdel.

"One of the suspects was eliminated in October by the army during an anti-terrorist operation," Louh told reporters, citing a probe into the murder of Gourdel.

The hiker was kidnapped in September and later beheaded by Jund al-Khilifa, or "Soldiers of the Caliphate," a militant organisation which has pledged allegiance to the jihadist Islamic State group.

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