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    Chad: We Killed Algeria Attack Planner

    This image from video provided by the SITE Intel Group made available Thursday Jan. 17, 2013, purports to show militant militia leader Moktar Belmoktar. Algerian officials scrambled Thursday Jan. 17, 2013 for a way to end an armed standoff deep in the Sahara desert with Islamic militants who have taken dozens of foreigners hostage, turning to tribal Algerian Tuareg leaders for talks and contemplating an international force. The group claiming responsibility — called Katibat Moulathamine or the Masked Brigade — says it has captured 41 foreigners, including seven Americans, in the surprise attack Wednesday on the Ain Amenas gas plant. Algerian Interior Minister Daho Ould Kabila said the roughly 20 well armed gunmen were from Algeria itself, operating under orders from Moktar Belmoktar, al-Qaida's strongman in the Sahara.  (AP Photo/SITE Intel Group) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAS NO WAY OF INDEPENDENTLY VERIFYING THE CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS PICTURE. MANDATORY CREDIT: SITE Intel Group

    Moktar Belmoktar. (SITE Intel Group/AP)

    Chad's military claimed victory Saturday, saying it killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the mastermind behind the seizure of an Algerian gas plant that killed 37 hostages in January. The Chadian army says it located a base in Mali and killed several terrorists, including Belmokhtar. The French defense minister said he could not confirm the report but said French forces are seeking confimration of the killing. Chad is fighting against Islamist militants in Mali as part of an international force led by France. 

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