Saadi Gadhafi arrives in Niger as Libyan troops seek to strangle Sirte

September 12, 2011

Waddan, Libya (CNN) — Saadi Gadhafi, a son of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, has arrived in Niger, an official said, as Libyan fighters tried to stamp out the last pockets of the former leader’s loyalists.

The son was accompanied Sunday by eight ex-Libyan officials “of minor importance compared to Saadi,” said Niger’s Justice Minister Marou Amadou.

“As usual, Niger accepted them on (a) humanitarian basis,” he said.

Moammar Gadhafi’s wife, two of his sons and other relatives fled recently to Algeria, which also said it had acted on humanitarian grounds by accepting them.

Earlier this month, Saadi Gadhafi told CNN he was “a little bit outside” of Bani Walid, southeast of Tripoli, but had been moving around.

He said then that he had not seen his father or brother, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, for two months. He said he is “neutral” and not on his father’s side or that of the rebels, but remains “ready to help negotiate a cease-fire.”

At least three Libyan convoys have entered Niger recently, carrying generals, family members and low-ranking Gadhafi regime military and security personnel, according to officials in Niger. Initial speculation suggested that Moammar Gadhafi had been in one of those groups, but that no longer appears to be the case.

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