Algeria gas plant attack leader 'killed'


A senior Islamist militant who ordered a deadly attack on an Algerian gas plant two years ago has been killed in a US air strike.

A statement from Libya's government said Mokhtar Belmokhtar and other fighters were killed in the operation in the eastern city of Ajdabiya.

However, there have been several false reports of his death in the past.

The Pentagon said it had targeted a "mid-level" al-Qaeda operative, giving few details.

It said Saturday's operation had been successful but did not name the target, saying officials were still assessing it.