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Gadhafi’s son reported slain in militia fighting in Libya

By Nehal El-Sherif –

TRIPOLI, Libya — A son of toppled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been killed in fighting between militias, broadcaster Libya TV reported Saturday, the anniversary of the dictator’s death.

Reports earlier said Gadhafi regime spokesman Moussa Ibrahim had been captured and was to be transferred to Tripoli for questioning, a source at the interim Cabinet said Saturday.

Chamis Gadhafi, 29, a former military commander, had previously been reported killed during the uprising against his father’s regime.

A Libya TV reporter, who himself was wounded in the fighting in Bani Walid, Libya, said Saturday that he had seen Chamis Gadhafi’s body.

Bani Walid was one of the regime’s last strongholds during the 2011 revolution.

The Libyan Army on Saturday had launched an attack on armed groups in Bani Walid after a siege of more than two weeks. Troops hit targets in the southeastern city as five of the government troops were wounded in the clash, which saw the forces capture a tank from the militia.

Army forces had besieged the town while tribal leaders tried to broker a peaceful solution between the two sides. Sporadic clashes left scores of troops and civilians dead.

Ibrahim was captured in the town of Tarhouna, which lies between the capital Tripoli and Bani Walid.

During the conflict last year in Libya, Ibrahim held regular press conferences for international journalists in Tripoli. His whereabouts had been unknown since rebels took over Tripoli in August 2011.

Saturday was the anniversary of the killing of Moammar Gadhafi in his birthplace, Misurata.

“The campaign to liberate the country has not been fully completed,” Mohammed Magarief, head of Libya’s National Congress, said on state television.

Col. Ahmed Omran Abouhlalh told the official news agency that security forces tightened their grip on the 40-kilometer (25-mile) coastal road that links the capital with the town al-Zawiya.

Troops took control of the road after a group of Gadhafi loyalists tried to block the highway, the report said.

Libya’s new rulers recently ordered that illegal militias be disbanded and launched a disarmament drive, in an effort to re-establish security.

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