Gaddafi loyalists flee Sebha to Niger

2011-09-22 22:26

Tripoli - Several key supporters of fugitive Muammar Gaddafi have fled to Niger from the southern desert city of Sabha, freshly captured by new regime forces, a spokesperson for the transitional government said on Thursday.

"Prominent figures who were Gaddafi supporters fled to Niger after the fall of Sabha" on Wednesday, Colonel Ahmed Omar Bani, the military spokesperson of the National Transitional Council (NTC), told a news conference without providing names or other details.

He said that Sabha, 750km south of Tripoli, was under the complete control of revolutionary forces, even though "Gaddafi snipers continue to fire".

"Pockets of resistance still exist in [the oasis of] Sabha, but the city and surrounding communities have been freed by the revolutionaries," Bani said, adding that "90% of southern towns have been liberated".

Bani called on citizens in regions still under pro-Gaddafi control to fight "these criminals who use people as human shields".

Saadi Gaddafi, a son of the fugitive leader, recently sought refuge in Niger.

Niamey has acknowledged it has received 32 prominent Gaddafi family members and loyalists, including three generals.

Niger has officially recognised the NTC, but maintains it accepted Gaddafi loyalists "on humanitarian grounds."

Last week Niger said it would not send Saadi Gaddafi back home, while promising to respect its international commitments.

On a visit to Libya last Thursday with British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he was confident that Niger would live up to its commitments over Gaddafi loyalists.

  • Libya S.O.S. - 2011-09-23 02:18

    Gaddafi now has at least 10,000 Tuaregs at his disposal (and maybe more), and some of them have crossed into Libya to help him fight. I believe they are now part of his security squad. But the other thing that happened, and that was reported even by the mainstream press, is that Saadi Gaddafi, who the press had attempted to give the impression that he had left the fight by going to Niger, has re-entered the fight. And he has the support of those 10,000 Tuaregs. I do not know if he brought all of them, but my understanding is that thousands of them are now IN LIBYA. The Tuareg council had a meeting of 3 or 4 different representatives of the Tuareg tribes of the Sahara.

      Ingwe - 2011-09-23 07:14

      SOS were you having a dream last night?

      Anton - 2011-09-23 07:43

      Some of these pro gaddafi supporters just can't enough of their criminal hero. They will continue to insult the Libyan population, just to satisfy their radical believes.

      slg - 2011-09-23 13:52

      And you're proud of this, assuming for a moment that it actually is happening? You should be looking instead to Tunisia and Egypt, in particular the decisions made by Bin Ali and Mubarak, for moral guidance.

  • juliusedwa - 2011-09-23 10:03

    whatever same as western imperialists, what is the meaning of ousting one legime and install another one, and now they claim to recogonise it, who elected them to power? they are just come to power as Gaddafi they are evn come to power through blood coup. they ,must remember what goes around is what comes around

      slg - 2011-09-23 13:54

      Is the Arab League a "Western Imperialist"? It initiated the intervention in Libya. Is Turkey? It is the second-largest Nato member. Julius, this hard been mentioned to you several times, yet you seem to ignore the points.

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