TRIPOLI: Celebratory bursts of gunfire and fireworks lit up the skies over Tripoli early on Thursday as word spread that Libyan government fighters had captured Muammar Gaddafi’s son Mo’tassim in Sirte.
The capture of the deposed leader’s national security adviser, and the first member of the Gaddafi family, is a big boost to Libya’s new rulers whose forces are still battling pro-Gaddafi fighters in his home town of Sirte.
National Transitional Council (NTC) officials told Reuters Mo’tassim was captured on Wednesday after he tried to escape the battle-torn city in a car with a family.
“He was arrested today in Sirte,” Colonel Abdullah Naker, head of the Tripoli Revolutionary Council, told Reuters. Other NTC sources said Mo’tassim was taken to Benghazi where he was held and questioned at the Boatneh military camp. He was uninjured but exhausted.
As news of the capture spread, hundreds of people gathered in the capital’s old city, singing, waving Libya’s new flag and shouting “God is greatest”.
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