Nov 19, 2011

News Alert: Libya Says It Has Captured Qaddafi's Son Seif al-Islam

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Saturday, November 19, 2011 -- 8:43 AM EST

Libya Says It Has Captured Qaddafi's Son Seif al-Islam

Libya's transitional government said Saturday that its fighters in the southern desert had captured Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, the last fugitive son and one-time heir apparent of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

In a scene of celebration outstripped only by news of Colonel Qaddafi's capture and death last month, Tripoli's streets erupted into revelry. Vehicles clogged intersections, horns blaring, and militiamen shot their rifles into the sky.

Officials in the capital promised that the son would be closely guarded so he could face trial. But in a troubling echo of Colonel Qaddafi's capture a month ago, in which he was killed while in the hands of militiamen without ever reaching the capital, the local militias who announced Seif al-Islam's capture on Saturday suggested they would be the brokers of his fate, at least for now.

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