Report: Al Qaeda 'kill French hostage' in North Africa

Al Qaeda's North African arm said it had beheaded a French hostage in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali, Mauritania's ANI news agency has reported, citing a spokesman for the group.

In what ANI reported was a telephone call to the agency, which has close links to Islamist militants, the spokesman said the victim had been beheaded on 10th March, "in response to the French military intervention in the north of Mali", ANI reported.

The French foreign ministry declined to comment.