Large Libyan military convoy arrives in Niger

September 6, 2011 6:15 am
Grafitti mocking Gaddafi with the rebellion's flag above his head/AFP

, AGADEZ, Sep 6 – A large military convoy from Libya arrived in the northern Niger city of Agadez late on Monday, a military source told AFP.

“I saw an exceptionally large and rare convoy of several dozen vehicles enter Agadez from Arlit… and go towards Niamey,” the source said, amid speculation that toppled leader Muammar Gaddafi may be in it.

“There are persistent rumours that Gaddafi or one of his sons are travelling in the convoy,” the source said.

A journalist from a private radio station in Agadez said he saw “a convoy of several dozen vehicles crossing the city and heading towards Niamey”, the Niger capital.

The journalist said several people reported seeing in the convoy Rhissa Ag Boula, a figurehead Tuareg rebel in Niger who is close to Gaddafi.

Another Nigerien government source earlier said prominent regime officials had fled across the border on Sunday.  They included Gaddafi’s internal security chief Mansour Daw, who was earlier reported to be in the loyalist stronghold Bani Walid with at least two of the fallen strongman’s sons.


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