Belmokhtar Wife Arrested in Libya

Thursday, November 24, 2016

ID card of Asma Kadousi

Cairo - (Pan-Orient News) Authorities in Eastern Libya have arrested a woman believed to be the wife of one of the world's most wanted terrorists, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, in the city of Drana as she had arrived to give birth.

The anti-terrorism department in Eastern Libya said the woman, Asma Kadousi, a Tunisian national, had informed the authorities that Belmokhtar is still alive and living in Southern Libya.

Sami al-Matrih, a spokesman for the anti-terrorism department told local media that Kadousi had given birth to a baby girl about 40 days ago.

Belmokhtar, the leader of the Murabitoun Group, and is thought to be on the run somewhere in Lybia, is a prominent terrorist figure and has close links throughout the region.

The Libyan authorities have announced his death a number of times before but each time, it appeared that he was involved in various attacks or kidnappings including a raid on a gas station in Algeria in 2013 where 40 workers were killed, including 10 Japanese.

Mokhtar Belmokhtar

The administration in Eastern Libya issued a statement saying Kadousi was accompanied by another Tunisian woman named Afaf Haji and that they had stayed in the past with an Al Qaeda affiliated extremist named Jinrikisha al-Abd.

Furthermore, the statement said a preliminary investigation showed that the two women had previously stayed in various terrorists camps in the al-Jufra area of central Libya with Belmokhtar, who apparently sent them to Darna so that Kadousi could give birth.

The Authorities have published pictures of the Tunisian identity cards of the two women and their "forged" Libyan Passports.

Darna has long been a stronghold of various Libyan group who link themselves with Islam, and was controlled in 2014 by ISIS terrorists before they were expelled by rival fighters from various groups.

Japanese police have obtained in June 2013 an arrest warrant for Mokhtar Belmokhtar for his alleged role in the 2013 hostage crisis at a natural gas plant in Algeria. The 44-year-old Algerian militant is suspected of taking Japanese citizens hostage and demanding negotiations with the Japanese government on Jan. 16-17, 2013,

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