Libya says veteran 'Uncatchable' militant killed in U.S. strike




 
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June 15th, 2015  
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Topic: Libya says veteran 'Uncatchable' militant killed in U.S. strike


By Ahmed Elumami and Peter Cooney TRIPOLI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A veteran Islamist militant blamed for masterminding an Algerian gasfield attack and running smuggling routes across North Africa, has been killed in a U.S. air strike inside Libya, Libya's recognized government said on Sunday. The government said the strike had killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an Algerian militant who became a major figure in insurgencies across North Africa and the Sahel and had earned the nickname the "Uncatchable" from the French military. Earlier, the U.S. Department of Defense said the U.S. military conducted a counterterrorism strike against an al Qaeda-associated target in Libya on Saturday night, but were assessing results before providing more details.




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