Report: Leader of Algerian Kidnappers Once Bragged About Loose Weapons Coming From Libya

by Colonel on January 23, 2013

““We have been one of the main beneficiaries of the revolutions in the Arab world,” Mokhtar Belmokhtar, then a leader of the north Africa-based al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), told the Mauritanian news agency ANI in November 2011. “As for our benefitting from the [Libyan] weapons, this is a natural thing in these kinds of circumstances.”

Belmokhtar split with AQIM last year, but in addition to his public identification with al Qaeda last week during the crisis, his breakaway group, the “Signers With Blood Brigade,” reportedly remains affiliated with the terror organization.

Several major Algerian news outlets, including the state-run Numidia News, reported that the militants crossed into Algeria from the Libyan border just 50 miles to the east, drove vehicles with Libyan license plates and dressed in Libyan military uniforms to attack the BP joint venture facility outside In Amenas, Algeria.

” — Lee Ferran, Copyright 2013 ABC News Internet Ventures

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