Incident Summary:

09/21/2014: Assailants kidnapped Herve Gourdel in Ait Oubane area, Tizi Ouzou province, Algeria. Gourdel, a French tourist, was beheaded on September 24, 2014. Jund al-Khilafa claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that Gourdel's kidnapping was carried out in retaliation for French airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Tizi Ouzou

Ait Ouabane

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Tourists
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Tourist: Herve Gourdel
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 3
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jund al-Khilafa Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"French hostage beheaded in Algeria," BBC, September 24, 2014.
"Algeria fighters 'behead' abducted Frenchman," Al Jazeera, September 24, 2014.
"ISIL's Algeria Offshoot Beheads French Hostage," Islam Times, September 25, 2014.