Chad: We Killed Terrorist Who Led Gas Plant Attack
But France says it can't confirm the slaying of Moktar Belmoktar
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 2, 2013 3:13 PM CST
This image purports to show militant militia leader Moktar Belmoktar.   (AP Photo/SITE Intel Group)

(Newser) – The head of Chad's military has announced on state television that Chadian troops deployed in northern Mali killed Moktar Belmoktar, the international terrorist responsible for the attack on a natural gas plant in Algeria that resulted in the death of dozens of foreigners. The French military, which is leading the offensive in northern Mali, says it cannot confirm the information.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Zakaria Ngobongue read a statement saying Chadian soldiers today had destroyed a jihadist base in the Adrar and Ifoghas mountains of North Mali, killing Belmoktar. The purported death of Belmoktar comes a day after Chad's president said their troops killed Abou Zeid, the other main al-Qaeda commander in the region, a claim the French also said they could not confirm.

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HANKHILL
Mar 3, 2013 1:04 PM CST
no you did not! he is alive and driving a cab in nyc!
Papa_Umawmaw
Mar 2, 2013 9:57 PM CST
Translation: we just killed some guy and will pin it on him as so please send us lots of your dollars, no wait can you make that euros or british pounds? thank you
donwine
Mar 2, 2013 6:40 PM CST
Well I guess that is the end of terrorism!