Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Convoy with Gaddafi loyalists enters Niger

As rebel negotiators press Gaddafi loyalists in the town of Bani Walid to surrender peacefully before a September 10 deadline, a long convoy of Libyan Army vehicles was reported on Tuesday to have crossed the country’s southern border into Niger in what could represent a shift in the balance of power after six months of conflict. The convoy’s movements were reported by several news agencies quoting witnesses and military officials from France and Niger. The convoy reportedly comprised of about 200 to 250 vehicles. Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was not part of the convoy from Libya on Monday, Al Arabiya television reported. Arabiya cited Niger’s Foreign Minister Bazoum Mohamed, although no interview was aired.
Libya’s interim ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) also confirmed that Gaddafi’s loyalists crossed into Niger in a convoy of vehicles, carrying gold and cash. Source ( Indian Express)

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