Mokhtar Belmokhtar: in June authorities in Libya said he had been killed by a US air strike there, but four days later al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb denied  that he was dead. Photograph: Ho/AFP/Getty Images

If Islamist militant group Al-Mourabitoun is confirmed as responsible for Friday’s killings at a hotel in Mali, it will be the latest time it has stag(...)

Mokhtar Belmokhtar: in French intelligence circles, he earned the nickname “The Uncatchable” because of the number of times he had been falsely declared dead. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Al-Qaeda’s branch in north Africa has denied that jihadi leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar was killed in a US air strike in Libya this week. “In the face of (...)

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an Algerian militant leader reported to have been killed in an American airstrike, is alive and well according to al-Qaeda. Photograph: FBI/The New York Times.

Al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch has denied reports that Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a major figure in insurgencies across North Africa and th(...)

Yemeni al-Qaeda chief Nasser al-Wuhayshi speaks at an unknown location in this still image taken from video obtained by Reuters TV. Al-Qaeda in Yemen said its leader,  al-Wuhayshi, was killed in a US bombing, in major blow by the United States against the global militant group’s strongest branch. Photograph: Reuters TV

The deputy leader of al-Qaeda, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, has been killed in a US bombing in Yemen, the group said on Tuesday, removing the director of a str(...)

French president Francois Hollande speaks to journalists upon his arrival in Algiers. Paris and Algiers are enjoying a period of exceptionally good relations. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

The leaders of France and Algeria doubtless rejoiced in the reported killing of Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar when they met in president Abdela(...)

An undated handout picture from the US Federal Bureau of Investigations Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a veteran Islamist fighter in North Africa reportedly killed in an air strike. Photograph: EPA

A veteran Islamist militant, blamed for masterminding an Algerian gas field attack and running smuggling routes across North Africa, has been killed i(...)

A French soldier photographed in an armoured vehicle outside Gao, Mali, earlier this month. Militants say they killed their hostage Philippe Verdon in retaliation for the French intervention in Mali. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

Al-Qaeda's wing in north Africa said it had beheaded a French hostage in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali, Mauritania's ANI news a(...)