Al-Qaeda denies death of senior official Belmokhtar
A senior al-Qaeda commander in the Maghreb denied reports on the death of one of its senior officials, Mokhtar Belmokhtar. The commander confirmed that a different official, Abu Zaid was killed in the French attack.


Earlier on Monday, officials in Chad, France and the United States said that they are unable to confirm that Mokhtar, who planned the attack on the Algerian gas fields a month and a half ago, was killed this past weekend. (AFP)