Chad officials: Al Qaeda commander killed in Mali

A spokesman for the Chad Armed Forces says that their soldiers in Mali have killed the leading al Qaeda commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar, according to Reuters. It's understood that he was killed in the north of Mali.

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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".