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Gaddafi's son Mohammed flees house arrest: report

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

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