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May 17, 2022

Gaddafi denies fleeing to Niger

TRIPOLI – Libya’s fugitive leader Muammar Gaddafi has dismissed as lies and psychological warfare the speculation that he has fled south to neighbouring Niger, the BBC said. He was speaking by phone to a pro-Gaddafi TV channel in Syria, apparently from inside Libya. Earlier, Niger said it was considering what to do if he sought refuge there.

Meanwhile, a potent stash of Russian-made surface-to-air missiles went missing from a huge Tripoli weapons warehouse amid reports of weapons looting across war-torn Libya, CNN reported. They are Grinch SA-24 shoulder-launched missiles, also known as Igla-S missiles, the equivalent of U.S.-made Stinger missiles. Peter Bouckaert, Hu­man Rights Watch emergencies director, told CNN he has seen the same pattern in armories looted elsewhere in Libya, noting that “in every city we arrive, the first thing to disappear are the surface-to-air missiles.”

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