The Libyan rebels claim they have surrounded Muammar Qaddafi a 40 mile area and that his most influential son, Saif al-Islam, has been seen in Bani Walid. As the hunt continues, Qaddafi loyalists are fleeing to nearby countries and concerns about the power of the Islamists and inter-tribal tensions are heightening. The country remains on the edge.
The Libyan rebels say they are preventing Qaddafi’s planned escape to the south, and have boxed him into an area of 40 miles. Previously, a National Transitional Council official said that “someone we trust” informed them that the former dictator is in Bani Walid with his son, Saif al-Islam, and Abdullah al-Senoussi, his intelligence chief. The rebels now contradict their source’s account, saying they are “almost certain” that al-Senoussi was killed in a clash in Tarhouna, along with Khamis Qaddafi. A NTC spokesman said they “know” that Saif al-Islam and Mutassim Qaddafi, a security advisor to Muammar, are in Bani Walid.