According to a BBC report, “France has confirmed that an Algerian jihadist group linked to Islamic State (IS) militants has beheaded tourist Herve Gourdel, seized on Sunday. Jund al-Khilafa killed Mr Gourdel, 55, after its deadline for France to halt air strikes on IS in Iraq ran out. French President Francois Hollande condemned the killing as a ‘cruel and cowardly’ act.”
Jund al-Khilafa is an Algerian militant group whose members were apparently previously affiliated with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
BBC reports on the execution.