Khamis Gaddafi killed during fighting in Bani Walid
Khamis Gaddafi, youngest son of the former Libyan dictator, has been killed during fighting in the town of Bani Walid, a year to the day that rebel forces killed his father, Muammar.
A short statement from the Libyan national congress spokesman, Omar Hamdan, said the 28-year-old was killed “in battle” but gave no further details. His body was found after a day of heavy fighting between the town’s pro-Gaddafi garrison and militias allied to the Libyan government. Government forces reported 13 dead and 121 wounded, amid a fourth day of bitter clashes for control of the town.
Khamis’s death prompted wild celebrations in Misrata, Libya’s third city, which was besieged for six months by his 32nd Brigade, blamed for an orgy of murder, rape and torture.
Khamis was known as one of the most hardline of Gaddafi’s sons: after studying in a Russian military academy, he formed the 32nd Brigade as a special unit to be at the service of his father.