Britain wants to hunt down Al Qaeda's Algeria terrorist

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 14:48 hrs

London: British Prime Minister David Cameron will ask Algeria to let secret service MI6 hunt down Al Qaeda terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar responsible for the hostage crisis in which six Britons were killed.

The one-eyed Belmokhtar -- dubbed "Mr. Marlboro" for his activities in the past as a cigarette smuggler -- masterminded the siege on the desert gas field in Algeria two weeks ago, The Sun reported.

Cameron is visiting the North African nation to tell Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal that Britain wants a leading role in finding Belmokhtar.

Algeria rejected Britain's offer of help during the hostage crisis, which saw 38 foreigners killed.

A source from the prime minister's office told the daily that talks would focus on "the tough, patient and intelligent response that is required".

MI6 chief John Sawers will accompany Cameron.

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