Gaddafi ‘s Son And Top Military Commanders Arrive In Niger

Muammar Gaddafi’s third son, the 38-year old Saadi, has arrived in Niger yesterday and was intercepted by the army on his way to the city of Agadez.

Saadi Gaddafi, third of seven sons of the former Libyan dictator, reportedly travelled through the Sahara desert and crossed the border between Libya and Niger yesterday where his convoy was stopped by the armed forces of Niger. Justice Minister Marou Adamou confirmed, that Saadi Gaddafi was on the way to the Tuareg city of Agadez in northern Niger.

Saadi is a former professional football player and later became a military officer in the Libyan army. He offered to surrender on condition that this would “end the spilling of blood” in Libya.

Niger’s government also confirmed that at least three former generals of the Libyan army have arrived in Niger, including Al-Rifi Ali Al-Sharif, the air force commander. According to Mr. Adamou, the convoy continues on its way and should arrive in Niamey, the capital, either today or tomorrow.

Officials of the National Transitional Council (NTC), the new Libyan government, have blamed Gaddafi-loyalists of taking large amounts of gold and money with them into Niger.

Meanwhile, Gaddafi-loyalists continue to put up stiff resistance in their few remaining strongholds. Today NTC fighters have entered outskirts of Bani Walid, a strategic town on the way into southern Libya, but most of the town is still held by loyalist forces.

NTC forces also advanced on Sirte, Gaddafi’s hometown on the Mediterranean coast but fierce fighting has barred them from getting any further.

The NTC says it will continue negotiations for surrender but has vowed to take Bani Walid in the next 48 hours if the talks fail. Negotiations with tribal leaders proved to be difficult, two NTC envoys have been killed during their mission yesterday.

(Sources: Al Jazeera, RFE; 12 Sept 2011)


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