Al Qaeda denies Belmokhtar's death

Al Qaeda's monitors SITE group denies reports of commander Belmokhtar's death

Al Qaeda denies Belmokhtar's death

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Al Qaeda's North Africa branch has denied reports that Algerian Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a major figure across North Africa and the Saharan border region, was killed in a U.S. air strike in Libya.

SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors of the organizations in the media, cited a statement from al Qaeda posted on Twitter declaring that Belmokhtar, also known as Khalid Abu al-Abbas, is alive.

"The mujahid commander Khalid Abu al-Abbas is still alive and well, and he wanders and roams in the land of Allah, supporting his allies and vexing his enemies," said the statement.

Libya's government said on June 15 that the militant blamed for a deadly attack on an Algerian gas field.

Belmokhtar also ran smuggling routes across North Africa. He was dubbed "The Uncatchable" by the French military.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Haziran 2015, 10:21