Mokhtar Belmokhtar allegedly killed in Mali

Mokhtar Belmokhtar. Credit: Reuters

Jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who Chad officials claim has been killed by their armed forces, allegedly planned the hostage taking of hundreds of foreign workers at a BP co-owned gas facility in Algeria earlier this year.

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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".