Another al Qaeda commander may have been killed in Mali.
This time it is believed the dead militant is Mokhtar Belmokhtar.
Soldiers from Chad are said to have killed Belmokhtar during heavy fighting in northern Mali. The troops stormed a terrorist base in Adrar de Ifhogas, where several militants were killed – including Belmokthar, according to a statement from a Chad armed forces spokesman.
Belmokhtar was the al Qaeda commander behind a bloody mass-hostage taking at an Algerian gas plant in January. He claimed responsibility for the seizure of dozens of foreigners at the In Amenas facility. Algerian troops attempted to rescue the hostages, but more than 60 people were killed.
Earlier in the week, there were reports that Adelhamid Abou Zeid, a commander from al Qaeda’s north african wing (AQIM), had also been killed in northern Mali.