Herve Gourdel
Herve Gourdel

Army sources say the body of the mountain guide, 55, was found based on information from one of two men arrested in connection with the case.

Herve Gourdel
Herve Gourdel

Mr Gourdel had been hiking in a national park when he was kidnapped by the Jund al-Khilafa (Soldiers of the Caliphate) group.

He was beheaded days after his capture.

The Algerian army mobilised thousands of troops to search near the towns of Akbil and Abu Youssef.

An elite unit using sniffer dogs found Mr Gourdel?s headless body near Akbil.

Last September his captors put a video of his beheading online after France refused to comply with their demand to halt its air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Abdelmalek Gouri, the man who claimed responsibility for Mr Gourdel?s killing, was killed in an Algerian army attack in December.

Source:? Agencies

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