HindustanTimes Mon,29 Dec 2014


Top al Qaeda commander killed in Mali
Mali, March 04, 2013
First Published: 00:52 IST(4/3/2013)
Last Updated: 00:53 IST(4/3/2013)

Armed forces in Chad claim to have killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the commander of an al Qaeda-linked brigade which carried out a bloody assault to take western hostages at a gas plant in Algeria in January.

Belmokhtar died in a raid on an Islamist rebel base.

One of the world's most wanted terrorists, he had claimed responsibility for the strike on the In Amenas gas plant in which more than 60 people were killed after troops stormed the complex on January 19.

In a statement, armed forces spokesman General Zacharia Gobongue said: "Chadian armed forces operating in northern Mali completely destroyed a terrorist base."

Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved