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Gaddafi's son reaches Niger capital, seeks refuge

world Updated: Sep 14, 2011 07:52 IST

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A son of Muammar Gaddafi has arrived in the capital of Niger to seek political asylum.

Officials had confirmed over the weekend that al-Saadi Gaddafi had crossed the border from Libya. He was in the central town of Agadez on Monday, but government spokesman Marou Amadou said just after midnight on Wednesday that he is now in Niamey, Niger's capital.

Three generals in Gaddafi's army are also in Niamey trying to gain political asylum for themselves and other members of Gaddafi's crumbling regime. They were in negotiations with Nigerien officials all day on Tuesday.

The former rebels in Libya want regime officials to be sent back. Al-Saadi Gaddafi is the subject of a United Nations sanction for commanding a military unit that is accused of repression of demonstrations.