Top Islamist militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar killed in US strike: reports

  • Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a top Islamist militant leader, has been killed in a US air strike in the eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya, reports say.

    The Algeria-born militant was a senior al-Qaeda figure who later formed his own jihadi group. He is believed to have led the deadly attack on Algeria’s In Amenas gas plant that killed 40 people, mostly foreign nationals, in 2013.

    According to Libyan authorities, Belmokhtar and his aides were killed in a strike conducted in coordination with the US military. The US has so far not officially confirmed his death.

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