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Qaddafi Forces Flee to Niger as Deal Reached on Town’s Surrender

September 06, 2011

(See EXTRA <GO> for more on the Libyan conflict.)

Sept. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Vehicles of army troops loyal to Muammar Qaddafi crossed the border into Niger, as Al Jazeera reported that transitional government forces reached an agreement for the surrender of his loyalists in Bani Walid.

The convoy entered the Niger city of Agadez late yesterday and was headed to the capital, Niamey, Salley Kolle, a police officer, said today by phone. Niger’s Nomade FM radio station reported yesterday that Qaddafi’s intelligence chief, Mansour Daw, was in the one of the vehicles.

“They are with Nigerien Tuareg rebels who know the area,” Kolle said.

Al Jazeera reported yesterday that there may be fewer than 100 Qaddafi loyalists in Bani Walid, which is 90 miles (145 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Tripoli, and one of a handful of cities still controlled by the old government.

Since rebels took control of Tripoli in late August, transitional authorities have been trying to restore stability, consolidate military gains and capture Qaddafi. More than six months of fighting to end the Libyan leader’s 42-year rule have reduced oil production and disrupted power supplies in the country with Africa’s largest crude reserves.

Libyan National Transitional Council head Mustafa Abdel Jalil said Sept. 3 forces will pressure the cities of Sirte, Bani Walid, Jufra and Sabha until they give up, while continuing to supply them with humanitarian aid.

--Editors: Karl Maier, Heather Langan

To contact the reporter on this story: Djibril Saidou in Niamey via Accra at ebowers1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.


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