URGENT ¥¥¥ Chad claims it killed jihadi leader Belmokhtar in Mali

The Chadian army claimed that its troops in northern Mali on Saturday killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the one-eyed jihadist commander who led the deadly assault on a gas plant in southern Algeria in January.

"The Chadian forces in Mali completely destroyed the main jihadist base in Adrar of the Ifoghas mountains" at 1200 GMT, an army statement said, adding that several militants were killed "including leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar".