French citizen kidnapped by suspected militants while hiking in Algeria

September 22, 2014 8:46 PM

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ALGIERS, Algeria – A French citizen was kidnapped by suspected Islamic militants while hiking in a mountainous Algerian region that is a known hideout for North Africa's al Qaeda branch, officials said Monday.

The kidnapping comes after the Islamic State extremist group issued a call for attacks on Westerners, particularly French citizens.

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