By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 15 December 2014:
Algerian Al-Qaida leader Abu Yunis Gilabi Mansour has been killed in Benghazi, an Algerian security . . .[restrict]source has confirmed.
Mansour, more commonly known as Abu Yunis, was a member of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM.) He was killed with five other Al-Qaida-linked militants, two of whom were Algerians. According to the security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, the militant was born in Algeria’s western province of Sidi Belabes.
He was wanted by Algerian authorities for in 1996 joining the remnants of the heavily-defeated Islamic Armed Group (GIA).
It is believed that his arrival in Libya was most likely a sign of his split from AQIM to join the more militant Islamic State (IS)-linked group of the Caliphate Soldiers, said the source.
However, he probably had no intention of fighting, but rather wished to establish contacts with local armed groups and acquire weapons.
Authorities have said that he was probably killed during the 2 December bombing of Benghazi by Operation Dignity. His body, which was discovered just outside the city was identified by the documents that were found on him. [/restrict]