FCO investigating reports of al Qaeda leader's killing

The Foreign Office has confirmed it is investigating claims Chadian soldiers have killed leading al Qaeda commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar in northern Mali.

An FCO spokesperson said: "We are aware of (the) reports and looking into it."

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Al Qaeda kingpin 'killed in Mali'

Leading al Qaeda commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar, thought to be behind January's hostage crisis in Algeria, has been killed in Mali, according to Chadian forces. Foreign Secretary William Hague said if true, his death would be a "blow to terrorism".