Algeria: Another kidnapper of French hiker killed

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Posted: Dec 11, 2014 9:29 AM

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's justice minister says a second member of the group that kidnapped and beheaded a French hiker last September has been identified and killed by the army.

Tayeb Louh told reporters Thursday that the operation was part of the effort to bring to justice the group that killed French hiker Herve Gourdel.

In November, Louh announced another member of the group had been killed.

Gourdel, 55, was hiking in Algeria's Djurdjura mountains when he was kidnapped by the militants. They beheaded him on video after failing to convince France to end its participation in the air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq.

The group calls itself the Jund al-Khilafah, or "Soldiers of the Caliphate," and split from al-Qaida to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State group.