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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