Algeria hands death penalty to jihadist in French beheading trial

An Algerian court on Thursday sentenced to death a jihadist for the kidnapping and beheading of French mountaineer Herve Gourdel six years ago after a high profile one-day trial. The 2014 killing in Algeria of Gourdel was claimed by a jihadist faction affiliated to the Islamic State group. Gourdel, 55, was abducted while exploring the rugged massif in the North African nation’s Djurdjura National Park, a draw for hikers, but also long a sanctuary for jihadists. Three days after he disappeared, gunmen from militant group Jund Al-Khilafa – Arabic for Soldiers of the Caliphate – published a grues…

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