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'Gaddafi hiding in underground tunnels'

Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is reportedly hiding in 13 feet wide desert water tunnels, some of which are 600 feet deep, in a desperate bid to avoid being attacked by NATO airstrikes over ground.

world Updated: Jun 12, 2011 23:01 IST

Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is reportedly hiding in 13 feet wide desert water tunnels, some of which are 600 feet deep, in a desperate bid to avoid being attacked by NATO airstrikes over ground.

“Gaddafi has gone underground to save himself. It’s just like in the Blitz when people lived in the London Underground system. He doesn’t want to hang around on the surface where he can be targeted,” the Daily Star quoted a senior Libyan security source, as saying.

“The Paveways are being used to hit those hard-to-reach bunkers. He is relying on the earth insulating him from tracker devices. The tunnels are ideal and mean that he can stay close to Tripoli,” he added.

The tunnels are part of the 20 billion pounds ‘Great Man-Made River Project’ that Gaddafi had built in the 1980s.