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Al Qaida leader not on death list

Published 16/06/2015

Algerian soldiers and officials stand in front of the gas plant in Ain Amenas following an attack which killed 35 hostages, including three Americans, in 2013 (AP)
Algerian soldiers and officials stand in front of the gas plant in Ain Amenas following an attack which killed 35 hostages, including three Americans, in 2013 (AP)

Libyan militants have released a list of names of those they say were killed in a US weekend air strike but does not include the raid's main target, al Qaida-linked commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar.

Ansar al-Shariah, which is linked to the terror group, gave a list of seven names of fighters and residents it said were killed in the "crusader American strike" in the eastern town of Ajdabiya.

A second statement from an umbrella group for militias called the Shura Council of Ajdabiya and its Surroundings also did not include Belmokhtar among the dead.

Neither group directly denied Belmokhtar was killed.

US officials initially said they believed they hit their target, but later said assessments were still under way.

A Libyan official said tests were needed to identify the dead, who numbered at least 17.

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