During Saturday night, an office of « counter terrorist and subversion directorate« in El Beida, from Tobruk government, released a message on a social network account about the arrestation of three people near Mechili.
The message published on social network said that one of the three people was the wife of Mokhtar Belmokhtar, leader of « Al Mourabitoun« , and had been arrested with two other people in a car at east of Jebel Akhdar mountain towards South Libya.
Twenty-four hours later the same so called counter terrorist account in east Libya, published few pictures (IDs, passports and pictures of a mobile phone) related with the arrestation.
The two women are Tunisian citizens named « Asma Taher Mohammed » – alledged Belmokhtar’s wife – and « Afaf Mohamed Midani ». The man, taxi driver would be Libyan, his identity is unknown so far. According to the security forces they payed the taxi to go in Jufrah region, south Libya. They received an information from a hospital in Derna – under Shura Council of Mujahideen in Derna control – that a foreign woman will give birth without a father. She had given birth to a girl 40 days ago.
Those pictures (see below) have been, also, released on Facebook. Showing Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) / pro-AQIM propaganda, implying they’re belonging to Mokhtar Belmokhtar’s wife.
On the first photo there is the logo of « Al Andalus » media of AQIM and the last one with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – leader of the Islamic State – the title is « Why do they call them khawarij? ».
So far it’s impossible to confirm if one of these women is the wife of Mokhtar Belmokhtar. It could be Libyan National Army propaganda. Regarding this event only one source has released this information.
Update (11/23/2016) : Officials denied that the woman arrested near Mechili Saturday night is not the wife of Mokhtar Belmokhtar. An activist released yesterday the information yesterday morning on Twitter, indeed this woman – « Asma Bint Tahar Ben Mohamed Kaddoussi » – is the wife of Mokhtar Akkouri a Tunisian terrorist according to the sister of on her Facebook.
By Tom Feneux.
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