CAIRO: Egypt Wednesday condemned the killing of a French citizen by the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Algeria, a group that claims ties with the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq and Syria.
Reuters reported Wednesday that the Algerian militants beheaded French tourist Hervé Gourdel, 55, in response to France’s actions against IS in Iraq.
“Egypt expresses its strong condemnation of the killing of the French citizen by one of the extremist terrorist groups which takes the Islamic religion as cover to justify its criminal acts, which are totally incompatible with the principles of tolerance,” the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in its statement.
On Sept. 19, French President François Hollande said in a statement that his country had launched its first airstrike against IS in northeastern Iraq.
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said earlier in September during a visit to the United Arab Emirates that his country had sent spy planes into Iraqi territory to “contain the threat of terrorism.”
Gourdel’s beheading follows the IS executions of British aid worker David Haines on Sept. 13 and U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff in August and September.