Libya: Mohammed Gaddafi ‘may have escaped house arrest’
Mohammed was among three of Gaddafi’s sons to be captured by the rebels. The loyalist fighters stormed the house where Mohammed was held and set him free after clashes with guards there, the pan-Arab news channel said.
It said NATO was working with the rebels to mount coordinated air strikes on Muammar Gaddafi’s heavily fortified Bab al-Aziziya compound in the capital.
The eldest son of Col Muammar Gaddafi was giving an interview to Al-Jazeera when he was cut off after gunfire was heard in the background.
Mohammed Gaddafi told the network that he had been detained by rebels and was being kept under house arrest in Tripoli.
“Gunmen surrounded my house and I am still at home and they are outside,” he said by telephone from the Libyan capital.
“They said they will guarantee my safety. They are besieging my house,” he added as the e sound of gunfire could be heard in the background.
“Yes, the gunfire is inside my house,” he said before the line was suddenly cut off.
Mohammed later spoke to Al-Jazeera again to confirm his safety. The National Transitional Council also confirmed to the news channel that Mohammed was safe and was being looked after.
Mohammed was born in 1970 and is the head of the Libyan Olympic Committee.