Sarkozy Vows Retribution for Al-Qaeda’s Beheading of French Hostage
July 27, 2010
(ChattahBox)—An elderly French aid worker held hostage by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, since April 19, was beheaded by his captors, after a failed joint raid with Mauritanian forces last week. French President Nicolas Sarkozy is vowing retribution for the murder of Michel Germaneau, 78, who was in the volatile Niger region to build a school. Sarkozy was horrified by the murder and said on Monday it “will not go unpunished.”
Sarkozy made his remarks during a televised address to the nation.
“I condemn this barbarous act, this odious act which has put an end to the life of an innocent man who was there to help the local population,” Sarkozy said “This crime committed against Michel Germaneau will not go unpunished.”
The Sahara desert region encompasses, Mauritania, Mali, Niger and southern Algeria. And the group, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is now causing havoc in the desolate area.
During the raid in Mali, six al-Qaeda militants were killed, but Germaneau was not found. AQIM leader Abdul-Wadud released a statement through Al-Jazeera, announcing the murder of Germaneau in retaliation for the raid.
“Sarkozy was unable to free his compatriot through this failed operation, but he definitely opened one of the gates of hell on himself, his people and his nation,” Abdul-Wadud said.
“As a quick response to the despicable French act, we confirm that we have killed hostage Germaneau in revenge for our six brothers who were killed in the treacherous operation,” he said.
Sarkozy warned French citizens to avoid travel to the region.