WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says the military launched an airstrike Saturday targeting an al-Qaida leader in eastern Libya who has been charged with leading the attack on a gas plant in Algeria in 2013 that killed 35 hostages, including three Americans.
The Libyan government and U.S. officials say warplanes targeted and likely killed Mokhtar BelMokhtar (bel-moh-khtar) and several others. The U.S. filed terrorism charges against BelMokhtar last year in connection with the Algeria attack. Officials have said they believe he remained a threat to U.S. and Western interests.
The Libyan government in a statement said that the strike came after consultation with the U.S. so that America could take action against a terror leader there.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said the military believes the strike was successful and hit the target.