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May 17, 2022

Libyan troop convoy crosses border into Niger

TRIPOLI – Two Libyan convoys have passed through Niger this week, officials there said Tuesday – fueling renewed speculation about the whereabouts of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, CNN said. One convoy was on its way Tuesday to Niger’s capital, Niamey, said a military captain. Another convoy reached Niamey a day earlier, an Interior Ministry official said. They did not want to be identified because neither is authorized to speak to the media. It was not immediately known who the occupants were in the convoys. But Abdallah Kenshil, chief negotiator for Libya’s National Transitional Council, said Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was probably part of the convoy. NATO refused to make any comments on the matter.

Meanwhile, representatives with Libya’s transitional leadership met with tribal leaders in Bani Walid on Tuesday to reiterate that pro-Gaddafi forces will not be harmed if they peacefully surrender. “We want them to hear it from us again, that we will not harm, kill or hurt anyone if they drop their weapons,” Kenshil said. He said the NTC made clear that there will be no retribution for residents of Bani Walid. “We don’t have a deal yet, but we are very optimistic and very confident that the tribal leaders of Bani Walid will persuade Gaddafi loyalists and forces to drop their weapons and resolve this peacefully.”

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