Europe French hostage in Algeria highlights growing reach of Islamic State

French hostage HervĂ© Pierre Gourdel was seized at the start of a trek in the Algerian mountains when he was captured by a group that has newly sworn allegiance to Islamic State. It says it will kill him within 24 hours.

By , Staff writer


A French mountaineer in Algeria is the first Western hostage to have been seized by an Islamic State affiliate outside of Syria, underlining a chilling acceleration of threats by the terrorist organization and raising new concerns about the breadth of its reach.