Gaddafi's son Mohammed flees house arrest: report

CAIRO Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:34pm EDT

Mohammed Gaddafi (R), eldest son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, shakes hands with visiting head of the World Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov during their meeting in Tripoli June 12, 2011. REUTERS/FIDE Press service/Handout

Mohammed Gaddafi (R), eldest son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, shakes hands with visiting head of the World Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov during their meeting in Tripoli June 12, 2011.

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi helped his son Mohammed flee house arrest on Monday, Al Jazeera television reported, as rebels sought to secure full control of the capital Tripoli.

Mohammed Gaddafi was among three of Gaddafi's sons to be captured by the rebels. The loyalist fighters stormed the house where Mohammed was held and set him free after clashes with guards there, the pan-Arab news channel said.

It said NATO was working with the rebels to mount coordinated air strikes on Muammar Gaddafi's heavily fortified Bab al-Aziziya compound in the capital.

(Reporting by Omar Fahmy; Writing by Tom Pfeiffer)

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Comments (3)
B17 wrote:
Wow! What a feat! Escaping house arrest. After all the effort that went into capturing a son of the infamous dictator, the rebels place him under house arrest. If this is any indication of the rebel intellect, Libya will still suck after the ruling elite is gone.

Aug 22, 2011 3:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
fiziks wrote:
I suppose b17 suggests they should of shot him to better improve the state of the place much like the “Ruling Elite” would?

Aug 22, 2011 8:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SeniorMoment wrote:
The rebels will hunt down the Gaddafi family, and none of the sons increased their life expectancy any. Indeed by escaping and reinforcing each other they have incresaed their risk of a quick death in combat. NATO has the capability of literally obliterating the few remaining pockets of resistance including the use of ground penetrating bombs. If anything less severe happens it will only be because of orders from the Transitional National Council.

Aug 23, 2011 6:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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