Al Qaeda Beheads British Hostage in Mali - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News - FOXNews.com Al Qaeda Beheads British Hostage in Mali Wednesday, June 03, 2009 A British man being held hostage in Mali has been executed, his captors said Wednesday, prompting strong condemnation from Britain of a "barbaric" act. Edwin Dyer was one of four European tourists kidnapped on Jan. 22 as they returned from a music festival. Messages posted on Islamic Web sites indicated that they were being held by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), a 300-strong Islamist terror group that operates in the desert borderlands of Mali, Algeria, Niger and Mauritania. Despite intense behind-the-scenes negotiations by British and local officials in Mali, the hostage-takers claimed that they had carried out their threat to kill Dyer. Gordon Brown said there was "strong reason" to believe that this was true. "I utterly condemn this appalling and barbaric act of terrorism," the Prime Minister said. "My thoughts are with Edwin Dyers family. I offer them the condolences of the whole country." Dyer, who had been working in Austria and spoke fluent German, was on vacation in West Africa with German travel operator Oase Reisen. He was abducted, along with Warens and Gabriela Greiner, a Swiss couple, and Marianne Petzold, a German woman, near the border with Niger after attending the "Festival in the Desert," a celebration of music and nomad culture at Anderamboukane in Mali. Their convoy of 4x4 vehicles was ambushed by armed men, who shot out the tires of the first car, containing the four tourists. A second jeep containing three more tourists was hit by bullets, but the occupants were unhurt and the vehicle managed to do a U-turn and escape. The hostage-takers then carried out a mock execution, fir ****************************************************** I found it interesting that when I checked CNN, CBS and MSNBC that they had no mention of this story. They did however have a cute story about the Obama's dog and a story about regulating fat truck drivers. Warning... The front page image shows a picture of Mr. Dyer taken after his capture. Those with empathy will feel the despair in that picture.