Islamist group kidnaps Frenchman in Algeria

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Islamist group kidnaps Frenchman in Algeria
In this still image from video published on the Internet on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, by a group calling itself Jund al-Khilafah, or Soldiers of the Caliphate, a captive Frenchman appeals to French President Francois Hollande to help free him. The Frenchman, whom the ministry described as a 55-year-old mountain guide, said he was taken hostage by the group on Sunday and reiterated its demands that the French military end its airstrikes in Iraq. The group said it was answering a call by Islamic State group spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani to attack Americans and Europeans. (AP Photo)

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian security official says a Frenchman has been kidnapped by militants in an area where North Africa’s al-Qaida branch has a hideout.

The security official in the mountainous city of Tizi Ouzou, in the region where the kidnapping happened, says the man is 55 years old. A French Embassy official confirmed the kidnapping.

Both men spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak to the media. The French Foreign Ministry hasn’t confirmed the kidnapping.

The security official said the man was hiking in the mountainous Kabylie region, a known hideout for North Africa’s al-Qaida branch.

The kidnapping comes just days after the Islamic State group called for attacks on Europeans, particularly the French.


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