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GADDAFI son ‘spotted’ and general captured amid fierce fighting – Sydney Morning Herald

September 20, 2011

An anti-Gaddafi fighter at a pro-Gaddafi weapons and ammunition compound in a village near Sirte. Photo: Reuters

Gaddafi son ‘spotted’ and general captured amid fierce fighting

September 21, 2011

BANI WALID: A senior general loyal to Muammar Gaddafi has been captured in southern Libya as former rebels reported the ousted leader’s son Saif al-Islam had been seen in Bani Walid.

General Belgacem al-Abaaj, Colonel Gaddafi’s intelligence chief in the al-Khofra region, was captured 100 kilometres from the southern Libyan town of Sabha on Monday, Mohamed Wardugu, a spokesman for the ”Desert Shield Brigade”, said. Forces for the National Transitional Council entered Sabha and took control of the airport but fighting continued in some quarters.

Fierce fighting has also raged in the towns of Sirte, east of Tripoli, and Bani Walid, south-east of Tripoli, where Colonel Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam is believed to be holed up, possibly with his father.

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Almost a month after the fall of Tripoli, the former rebels have found themselves unable to close out their war with Colonel Gaddafi’s loyalists and unify the country.

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