Gaddafi 'hiding near Algeria border'

2011-09-28 12:25

London - Muammar Gaddafi is believed to be hiding near the western town of Ghadamis near the Algerian border under the protection of Touareg tribesmen, a senior Libyan military official said.

"One tribe, the Touareg, is still supporting him and he is believed to be in the Ghadamis area in the south," Hisham Buhagiar, a senior military official of Libya's new leadership, told Reuters by telephone late on Tuesday.

Buhagiar, co-ordinator of the hunt for Gaddafi, said the ousted Libyan leader was believed to have been in the southern town of Samnu a week ago before moving to Ghadamis, which lies 550km southwest of Tripoli.

He said Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam was in Bani Walid and another son, Mutassem, was in Sirte, the family's home town.

"They are both thinking about leaving Libya maybe to Niger," Buhagiar added.

Sirte, one of the last bastions of support for Gaddafi, is encircled by forces of Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) and under bombardment from Nato warplanes.

Taking Sirte, 450km east of Tripoli, would bring the NTC closer to gaining control of the whole country, a goal that has eluded it more than a month after its fighters seized the capital.

Buhagiar said most tribes in the south were against Gaddafi except for the Touareg, who still supported him.

"There has been a fight between Touareg tribesmen who are loyal to Gaddafi and Arabs living there [in the south]. We are negotiating. The Gaddafi search is taking a different course," Buhagiar said, without elaborating.

Gaddafi's daughter Aisha, her brothers Hannibal and Mohammed, their mother Safia and several other family members fled to Algeria in August and have lived there since.

  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-09-28 12:46

    Time to test out those MOABs on real targets?

      Spyker May - 2011-09-28 14:19

      And I have also heard Elvis is alive and well and will be soon be going a world-wide tour with Juju - called "Boere Troos"...

      letsee - 2011-09-28 17:37

      If you know it don't say it or else Gaddafi will more somewhere else.

  • IC1 - 2011-09-28 12:49

    Airstrike now!

  • Snotty - 2011-09-28 12:52

    from living in luxury in a palace now living as a CAVEMAN ...........hahahahaa

      sniperman - 2011-09-28 14:54

      Probably living in Luxury in S.A. with the cavemen

      Sharief - 2011-09-28 15:07

      or he has been killed already,Nato hidding his body until such a time they done taking Libyas oil..then they will stage a raid and claim they killed Gaddafi but they will throw his body into the sea,and that is that!!

      slg - 2011-09-28 17:09

      Strange, twisted world you're choosing to live in Sharief.

  • YES - 2011-09-28 13:07

    He is right under their nose and the sooner they cut their noses off, then the better for the World.

      slg - 2011-09-28 17:09


  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-09-28 13:13

    They must be caught. They must be hanged.

  • Anton - 2011-09-28 13:16

    Hiding in a hole near the Algerian border!!!!!! And all along phoning some 3rd rate Syrian TV station, from his R100 Nokia, and telling his last handfull of supporters, till fight till the bitter end. WHAT A LOUSY COWARD THIS SCUMBAG IS !!!!!!!

      2WhiteStars - 2011-09-28 13:33

      Exactly. And spouting all these grand illusions of victory - he is truly a psychotic idiot. They just can't get over the fact that Libya is no longer their own private, personal playground.

      Kwena Mogopa - 2011-09-28 13:46

      Lousy comment from a retard.Gaddaffi is still the president and wont leave Libya.He is probably regrouping and will come back and RULE AGAIN.He has done nothing wrong and cant be pursecuted.NTC is a military organisation hellbound to kill Libyans.If they have support of the majority why aren't t hey going forth and starting with preparations for elections.They wont have total peace and must move on with the core programme which is to build democratic institutions if thats really what they are looking for.

      YES - 2011-09-28 14:00

      It's unlike majority who are thrown lifeline by TRC and continue to abuse it.

      My5cents - 2011-09-28 14:36

      @Kwena ...umm where have you been for the last 40 years? "Done nothing wrong"? Gadaffi ran the country as his own personal fiefdom, lived in opulent luxury while the country remained in poverty. Ran training camps for terrorists. Opressed any dissention, imprisoned and executed hundreds if not thousands of his own countrymen. Is still willing to continue causing bloodshed even though the game is up. The NTC has been accepted internationally as the new goernment of Libya. Really, have you been living in a monastery?

      Anton - 2011-09-28 14:40

      Kwena Mogopa, It is lawful in SA to support a murderers tyrant, but it should be illegal to talk such a load of rubbish!!!

      Sharief - 2011-09-28 15:09

      Im still trying to figure as to y he is on the run,i mean y does Nato want him,what did he do to his people before the Nato/Rebel revotution...because before all this apprently everyone was living in harmony

      Sharief - 2011-09-28 15:12

      @my5cents..Libya was not in poverty,Gaddafi did not kill his own countrymen,infact Libyen people were spoilt,u another donkey who believes everything America tell u,shame

      MobBim - 2011-09-28 15:24

      most of you act like puppets believe everything you hear from the media, Yes he is hiding at the moment because Qaddafi will never receive fair trail especially western pigs will make sure He will die like Sadaam,Personally I don't think Qaddafi is a monster the recent killing was influenced by western imperialist simply for ovious reason colonizing libya again... Africa is still a playing ground for greedy people like English,American and others...

      Anton - 2011-09-28 16:41

      Sharief, "What did he do to his people?" Well, that is exactly what the courts want to ask him. There is this "small" problem; Who gave the instructions over 42 years to KILL his opponents ?? and throw their bodies in the unmarked shallow graves ??, which are now being pointed out by previous secret police. Not a big thing, he`, but surely one can ask a few questions to A MASS MURDERER.........!!!!!!

      aman - 2011-09-28 17:38

      @Sharief - he attended his military parades and gave his speeches from behind bulletproof glass long before NATO ever got involved here. A lot of the Libyan's wanted a shot at him long before the insurrection started. A peaceful man? I think not.

      aman - 2011-09-28 18:05

      @MobBim - I hope he gets as fair a trial as he showed his opponents.

  • world-weary - 2011-09-28 13:17

    this Buhagiar,is a carpet dealer (ref BBC)pre revolutionnow he is the co-ordinator of the hunt for Gaddafi thats a step up for his TOR. I also suggest that he doenst pick a fight with the tauregs whether they are harbouring gaddafi or not. they are lawless citizens of the desert who could destabilise the region - which would not be good for anyone!!!

  • Sisie - 2011-09-28 13:23

    If Gadaffi is ready to be a martyr, then why is he hiding - or maybe he is actually a coward, and doesn't want to face his morality.

      PoloyaPere - 2011-09-28 14:12

      Because NATO want to kill him like they killed her little defenceless grand children with bombs. Now who is really the terrorists here. It make you wonder

      Sharief - 2011-09-28 15:14

      ok,then lets go for Robert Mugabe next.....wait,Zimbabwe has no oil

      slg - 2011-09-28 17:11

      The usual uninformed comments from Poloya and Sharief.

      aman - 2011-09-28 17:46

      Yes Sharief. It's a pity Zim has no oil. Would you support the west if they removed Mugabe or would you be singing the same old crap that you're doing now?

      MobBim - 2011-09-29 10:12

      The fact of the matter they will never attack Zim because they failed long time ago the only thing that they can do is to inffect innocent people with chronic deseases because war will cost them money that will never be regained.... People are so ignorant they don't understand the fact that War is nothing but businesss... today France,England and USA are reaping the fruits of evil by signing lucritive Oil contracts that worth Billion of dollars in Libya while the innoocent life of libian people compromised for the love of money.. more than 20000 of people are butchered by NATO for nothing...

      aman - 2011-09-30 07:57

      Nothing or money? Please make up your mind.

  • C-Truth - 2011-09-28 13:28


      Sharief - 2011-09-28 15:15

      Gaddafi or Nato??

  • tee-hee-hee - 2011-09-28 13:39

    There all here now!! the whole 6 of them.

  • africanwolf - 2011-09-28 13:48

    He is waiting for the 70 virgins :)))

      Sharief - 2011-09-28 15:15

      huh???70 virgins,r u on Acid or crack

      africanwolf - 2011-09-28 16:35

      Probably male virgins :)

  • SlapTjip - 2011-09-28 13:55

    Just the other day he threatend the west. Now he hides in some cave like a coward. He got what he deserves and may this serve as a warning to any dictator who thinks he can hold recources hostage, oppress his own people and live like a king whilst doing so.

      Sharief - 2011-09-28 15:16

      If they know he is in a cave then y dont they go get him....a whle load of crap,and u believe it,shame

      aman - 2011-09-28 17:55

      I would also hide if so many people wanted me dead.

  • Nick - 2011-09-28 14:16

    if you such a hero why dont you go and fight in libya HERO

  • Sisie - 2011-09-28 14:54

    We know just how brave & courageous Gadaffi is, when he uses his own grandchildren and women as human shields. Yes that is such a brave thing to do. Besides in a WAR the innocent, whether children or women will get killed, but in Gadaffi's case it is worse because he willingly uses them for his own benefit. Big brave man (more like a wimp)

      Sharief - 2011-09-28 15:18

      The thing is,nobody actually saw hom doing that,the media said he done it,so without any real evidence we cant really blame him for it....this story has been fishy since the beginning...i see another Bin Laden episode here..

      world-weary - 2011-09-28 16:06

      you know the media and the NTC confirmed that gaddafi's son khamis died 3 times already. each time he appears again - i would not take anything that the NTC or the media seriously unless theres evidence

      slg - 2011-09-28 17:13

      Sharief, Worldweary, you're not living in the real world. This much is clear.

  • Happygas - 2011-09-28 18:24

    bullies are cowards

  • tee-hee-hee - 2011-09-28 18:24

    Here for you NATO rebel lovers xxx from tee hee he

      slg - 2011-09-28 21:29

      The validity of that website is consistent with the validity of your perspective on Libya.

      Anton - 2011-09-29 05:10

      teeheeheeteehee, You seem to be in awe of these cheap conspiracy sites. There are tens of thousands of them. If they interest you , there is enjoyment for many hours, if not days or weeks. You can find hundreds, that the end of this world is near. There are even some that claim that your hero gaddafi is a woman. Others claim that the sahara will be a sea within 50 years. Than there are that claim that gaddafi is in fact mother Theresa. If this crap facinates you, Great!! . Have fun. But I doubt you are going to find many others, who give an iota for this silly childish stuff.

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