Algeria waits for evidence about Belmokhtar’s death

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icon-writer By: Lahouazi. M. / English version: M. A.

An Algerian security official Tuesday said there is no evidence about the murder of the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Mokhtar Belmokhtar.

Earlier on Monday, news reports quoted an American official saying Belmokhtar was killed in a French raid in the south of Libya.

Speaking under condition of anonymity, the Algerian official told a news agency that “there is no evidence about the murder of Mokhtar Belmokhtar in a French air raid in Libya.”

“Algerian authorities can consider that Al-Qaeda’s eminent leader was killed only if they get an evidence about his death. That means to receive a body or its remaining parts to conduct DNA analysis,” he added.

He also said that “Algeria is very careful about information related to the murder of terror leaders. It relies on the principle of examining bodies or listening to witnesses.”

US Wall Street Journal Monday reported that Belmokhtar was killed in an air raid carried out by a French aircraft in the south of Libya. This information was confirmed by an official in the Pentagon.

Neither French nor Algerian authorities made comments about those reports.

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, 44, is also called Khaled Abu Abbas. He is an Algerian terrorist who comes from the province of Ghardaia. He was wanted by justice as he was involved in more than 10-terror-related cases.

Algeria and America accuse him of holding people hostage in a gas plant in southern Algeria early in 2013. A total of 38 hostages were killed.

Belmokhtar fought late in the 1980’s in Afghanistan. He lost an eye. He joined Jihadist groups in Algeria in 1993.

Late in the 1970’s, he started operating in northern Mali and formed an armed group.

In 2014, he announced his allegiance to Aymen Zawahiri and fought against ISIS in Libya.

In the middle of 2015, the US defence department announced that it killed him in an air raid. The Libyan government confirmed the murder. Yet, it was denied later.

In 2013, Chad’s President announced that his forces killed Belmokhtar in clashed in northern Mali.

In the beginning of 2016, ISIS said it targeted him in Derna in Libya but those news were denied later.

A few days ago, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb denied allegations that Libyan security forces arrested Belmokhtar’s wife.

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