Al-Qaeda-linked Belmokhtar group in N Africa claims allegiance to ISIS: report

Al-Akhbar said it had identified the voice in the recording as that of Saharaoui.

By: Press Trust of India | Nouakchott | Published: May 14, 2015 7:01:05 pm
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The Al-Qaeda-linked group of notorious one-eyed Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, according to an audio recording broadcasted by private Mauritanian agency Al-Akhbar.

“The Al-Murabitoun movement pledges its allegiance to the caliph of Muslims Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, thereby banishing divisions and dissent within the nation,” said Adnan Abou Walid Sahraoui, a leading member of the group, in the recording.

Al-Akhbar said it had identified the voice in the recording as that of Saharaoui. AFP was unable to obtain immediate confirmation from other sources.

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