Al Qaeda says leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar not killed in US strike

Al Qaeda says leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar not killed in US strike

US officials initially said they believed they hit their target, but later said assessments were still underway.



By (AP)

Published: Tue 16 Jun 2015, 12:05 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:07 PM

Cairo — Libyan militants have released a list of names of those they say were killed in a US airstrike over the weekend that does not include the raid’s main target, Al Qaeda -linked commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar.

Mokhtar Belmokhtar. AFP photo
Mokhtar Belmokhtar. AFP photo

The Al Qaeda-linked Ansar Al Shariah on Tuesday released a list of seven names of fighters and residents it said were killed in the “crusader American strike” in the eastern town of Ajdabiya.

A second statement from an umbrella group for militias also did not include Belmokhtar among the dead.

Neither group directly denied Belmokhtar was killed.

US officials initially said they believed they hit their target, but later said assessments were still underway. A Libyan official said tests were needed to identify the dead, who numbered at least 17.        

However, Al Qaeda has confirmed that Nasir Al Wuhayshi, its second figure and leader of its Yemeni affiliate, has been killed in a US strike. 


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