Algerian jihadist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar , who led a bloody hostage in Algeria in 2013 and whose head is put a price on Washington, where he retired in Libya intends to control the Sahel, AFP learned on Sunday, security sources said . "For some time , we have evidence that Mokhtar Belmokhtar , an Algerian national , one of the most dangerous Algerian Islamists who operated in northern Mali , Libya withdrew to avoid being arrested or killed .
Libya intends to control the Sahel , "said a security source told AFP Mali. The information was confirmed by a security source in Nigeria and another near the United Nations Mission in Mali ( Minusma ) source .
Belawar called (the blind in Arabic) and Khaled Abu al - Abbas Belmokhtar had been given up for dead , "killed" by the Chadian army in Mali, March 2, 2013 , information was then denied by Al - Qaeda.
" Everyone agrees today that he was not dead . Was always active, but settled for a while ' in Libya," said the source close to the security Minusma . Veteran Afghanistan against Soviet troops , Mokhtar Belmokhtar then joined the ranks of the Algerian Islamists before becoming a leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb ( AQIM ) .
Then it became part of AQIM leader who took control of the north of Mali for several months in 2012 before being expelled from the main cities of this region by an international coalition led by France . After being expelled from northern Mali , many Islamists have established their bases in Libya.
Belmokhtar was made in 2012 and split with AQIM has created his movement , "blood signatories ", with which he led the bloody hostage-taking In Amenas , Algeria, in the early months of 2013. This attack has had a global impact due to the presence of many foreigners among the hostages , 37 were killed. June 3, 2013 , the head of Belmokhtar was evaluated by the United States for five million dollars.
Washington sees as " one of the most dangerous terrorists in the Sahel ." In August 2013, "The blood signatory " has merged with a part of the Movement for the uniqueness and Jihad in West Africa ( MUJAO ) , one of the groups that had occupied the north of Mali in 2012. Both entities have taken the name of " al- Mourabitoune " ( Almoravids ) .