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Gaddafi's son flees Libya in convoy to outpost in Niger

Dalatou Mamane in Niamey, Niger

Published 12/09/2011 | 05:00

Al-Saadi Gaddafi
Al-Saadi Gaddafi

A convoy carrying ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son al-Saadi has crossed into neighbouring Niger, a spokesman for Niger's government said yesterday, the latest high-profile former regime figure to flee to the landlocked African nation.

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Al-Saadi, the fugitive ruler's 37-year-old son, entered Niger in a convoy with nine other people, said Niger Justice Minister Amadou Morou.

The vehicles are travelling south toward the outpost of Agadez, where other fleeing Libyan loyalists are believed to be holed up in a hotel.

"One of Gaddafi's sons -- al-Saadi Gaddafi -- was intercepted in the north of Niger," Mr Morou told reporters late yesterday.

Niger has faced increasing scrutiny for allowing members of Gaddafi's inner circle onto its soil.

Irish Independent

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