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Top Islamist Militant Reported Killed in Libya Airstrike

A top islamist militant has been reported killed in an American air strike in Libya, Pentagon officials have reportedly confirmed. Top Military Planner For Terror Group Killed In Air Strike

Pentagon officials name Mokhtar Belmokhtar as the military planner killed somewhere in the area of the eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya. The death has been confirmed by officials within the Libyan government. The U.S. air strike against Belmokhtar was specific and Belmokhtar was the target of the strike which was deemed successful. Other aspects of the operation are still being assessed by military planners. While Mokhtar Belmokhtar has been reported killed in various military actions several times, it appear as if his death is confirmed as a result of the U.S. air strike.

According to Beneful, Mokhtar Belmokhtar was originally born in Algeria, and grew up to become a previous senior leader in the al-Qaeda sect, the Islamic Maghreb, or also known as (AQIM). He left to form his own sect of militia. Mokhtar Belmokhtar achieved notoriety during the brazen attack on the undefended, In Amenas gas and chemical plant, located in Algeria during the spring of 2013. During that raid 800 people were captured as hostage and at least 40 were killed, three Americans and six resident from the United Kingdom.

Terror charges had been filed against Mokhtar Belmokhtar as he was still perceived to be a major terror threat to U.S. interests domestic and abroad.

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