US targets al Qaida man in Libya

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Published: Monday 15th June 2015 by The News Editor

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The US military has launched an air strike targeting an al Qaida leader in eastern Libya who was accused with leading the attack on a gas plant in Algeria in 2013 that killed 35 hostages, including three Americans.

The Libyan government and US officials said planes targeted and probably killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar and several others.

The US filed terrorism charges against Belmokhtar last year in connection with the Algeria attack. Officials have said they believe he remained a threat to US and Western interests.

The Libyan government said the strike came after consultation with the US so that America could take action against a terror leader there.

Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said the military believes the strike was successful and hit the target.

Published: Monday 15th June 2015 by The News Editor

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