Islamist group of Algerian one-eyed terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar ‘pledges allegiance to Isis’

The al-Qaeda-linked group of infamous one-eyed Algerian fighter Mokhtar Belmokhtar has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (Isis) according to an audio aired by private Mauritanian agency al-Akhbar.

Adnan Abou Walid Sahraoui, a leading member of the al-Murabitoun movement vowed loyalty “to the caliph of Muslims Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, thereby banishing divisions and dissent within the nation”.

It is unclear whether Belmokhtar, whose terrorist cell led a deadly raid in Algeria’s Amenas gas in January 2013 killing 37 oil contractors, took part to the oath.