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Hostage plotter 'dead'

It's claimed that Al Qaeda commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the man believed to have masterminded January's hostage-taking of oil workers in Algeria, has been killed in the north of Mali. Among the dead was Sebastian John from Nottinghamshire.

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Reported killing of terrorist who claimed responsibility for death of Nottinghamshire engineer

Sebastian John

One of the world's most infamous terrorists, who claimed responsibility for the death of an engineer from Nottinghamshire, is believed to be dead.

Chad's armed forces say Mokhtar Belmokhtar was killed by their soldiers in Mali.

He was said to have ordered January's attack on an Algerian gas plant where 37 hostages were killed, including Sebastian John from Nottinghamshire.

The Foreign Office has confirmed it is investigating the claims.

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