Chadian general claims army killed Belmokhtar

A spokesman for the Chadian Army has said on national television their forces have killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar in Mali.

On Saturday, March 2, at noon, Chadian armed forces operating in northern Mali completely destroyed a terrorist base ... The toll included several dead terrorists, including their leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar.

– General Zacharia Gobongu, Chadian Army

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Al Qaeda kingpin 'killed in Mali'

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