Rebels certain Khamis Gaddafi is finally dead
If true, his death would be the highest-profile casualty among regime loyalists and a bitter blow to the besieged Gaddafi strongholds of Sirte and Bani Walid.
Rebel leaders had avoided publicly confirming the death of Khamis for fear of repeating their humiliation when they claimed to have captured another son, Saif al-Islam, before he re-emerged barely 24 hours later.
But yesterday, Ahmed Omar Bani, the rebel military spokesman, said he was certain Khamis had died alongside Mohammed al-Senussi, son of the country’s feared intelligence chief, and that he was buried in Bani Walid.
He added that opposition sources within Bani Walid had supplied intelligence about the burial, supporting the testimony of prisoners who said they had been with the convoy as part of Khamis’s bodyguard.
Khamis, 28, had a key role in trying to put down the February 17 uprising that led to the civil war. He commanded a special forces unit, the Khamis Brigade, which was believed to have been involved in the assault in March on the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.