World Bulletin/News Desk
U.S. prosecutors on Friday charged a commander of al Qaeda's North African operations with participating in an attack on an Algerian gas plant in January.
Mokhtar Belmokhtar was charged in an eight-count complaint with conspiracy to provide material support to al Qaeda, hostage-taking conspiracy, kidnapping of internationally protected persons and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, among other charges.
Belmokhtar, an Algerian, remains at large, according to the statement. He faces a maximum penalty of death, according to the complaint.
Some armed fighters raided the Tiguentourine plant near the Libyan border, demanding that France halt its offensive in neighboring Mali.
The gas plant, operated by BP in partnership with Norway's Statoil and Algeria's Sonatrach, resumed some production in February. Algerian officials in March said the plant is expected to reach full output by the end of the year.Last Mod: 20 Temmuz 2013, 10:29