US Raid Kills The Dreaded ‘One Eyed Uncatchable’

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Algiers: Putting an end to a long chase, a US airstrike in Libya on Monday killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the one eyed Islamist Al-Qaeda veteran dubbed as ‘Uncatchable’ for his expertise in eluding capture. He was the mastermind behind the devastating attack on an Algerian gas plant in 2013.

Branded variously as ‘the Uncatchable’, ‘The One-Eyed and ‘Mr Marlboro’, he had been condemned to death by Algeria twice and reported killed in Mali at least once before the US – which had placed a $5 million bounty on his head – targeted him in Monday’s strike.

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Mikhtar lost an eye in Afghanistan where he fought the invading Russian forces in 1991.

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