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Chad says Islamist leader Belmokhtar killed in Mali

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Chad says its troops in northern Mali have killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the one-eyed Islamist leader who masterminded an assault on an Algerian gas plant in January that left 37 foreign hostages dead. 

An undated grab from a video obtained by ANI Mauritanian news agency reportedly shows former Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) emir Mokhtar Belmokhtar. The Chadian army claimed that its troops in northern Mali on Saturday killed Belmokhtar, the one-eyed commander who led the deadly assault on a gas plant in southern Algeria in January.

The announcement came amid continued fighting in the mountains of northern Mali, where France on Sunday said a third French soldier had been killed since it launched operations against Islamist rebels in mid-January.

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