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Gaddafi may hide in southwestern Libyan border: NTC

10-11-2011 09:14 BJT

TRIPOLI, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Fallen Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi might be hiding in the triangle area in southwestern Libya that borders Niger and Algeria, a member of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) said Monday.

Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) member Moussa al-Koni (1st L) speaks at a
press conference in Tripoli, Libya, Oct. 10, 2011. Fallen Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi might
be hiding in the triangle area in southwestern Libya that borders Niger and Algeria, Al-Koni
said Monday. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)

At a press conference in the capital Tripoli, NTC member Moussa al-Koni said the triangle area is in fact beyond the control of the country, which might give space for Gaddafi and his loyalists to go back and forth around the border.

The area is difficult in geography with sand dunes and mountains; and there is a floating population there, said al-Koni.

"The best of my knowledge is that Gaddafi can only be in the triangle area in order to be able to escape and move quickly and safely to Algeria or Niger or Mali," al-Koni said.

Al-Koni, who represents the Tuareg minority in the council, meanwhile dismissed reports saying that the Tuareg tribe was harboring members of the Gaddafi regime.

He called on the international community to resort to helicopters and unmanned jets in searching for Gaddafi in the region, due to the lack of technical capabilities of the Tuareg military.

Moreover, al-Koni said the NTC has met and decided to recognize the National Council which is formed by Syrian opposition in Turkey as the sole legitimate government of Syria which has also been witnessing a months-old political crisis. But there is yet to be an official NTC announcement on that.

Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) member Moussa al-Koni hosts a press
conference in Tripoli, Libya, Oct. 10, 2011. Fallen Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi might be
hiding in the triangle area in southwestern Libya that borders Niger and Algeria, Al-Koni said
Monday. (Xinhua/Li Muzi

Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) member Moussa al-Koni (1st L) speaks at a
press conference in Tripoli, Libya, Oct. 10, 2011. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)

Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) member
Moussa al-Koni attends a press conference in Tripoli, Libya,
Oct. 10, 2011. Fallen Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi might be
hiding in the triangle area in southwestern Libya that borders
Niger and Algeria, Al-Koni said Monday. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)

 

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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