Sarkozy condemns killing of aid worker
A 78-year-old ailing French aid worker was executed "in cold blood" by al-Qa'ida's North African branch three months after his capture, in retaliation for a failed rescue attempt that killed six militants, President Nicolas Sarkozy said yesterday.
The French leader condemned the death of Michel Germaneau as "odious" and said the killers "will not go unpunished."
Sarkozy made the announcement following an urgent meeting of key ministers and military officials, a day after al-Qa'ida announced Germaneau's execution and said Sarkozy had "opened the doors of hell".
Al-Q'aida in the Islamic Maghreb, or North Africa, is an affiliate of the original al-Qaida group. It grew out of an Islamist insurgency movement in Algeria, formally merging with al-Qa'ida in 2006.