GADDAFI DUCKS Did tyrant slip out of Libya in convoy?
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A CONVOY of armoured trucks carrying soldiers loyal to Colonel Gaddafi which crossed the Libyan border into Niger could have been carrying the toppled leader.
Astring of up to 250 vehicles filled with wellarmed Libyan troops crossed the desert border before heading for the frontier town of Agadez.
The convoy was said to have been headed by Rissa ag Boula, who led a failed war of independence against the Niger Government a decade ago.
Rissa ag Boula then sought refuge in Libya and was thought to have fighting on behalf of Gaddafi. It was not immediately clear if the convoy included the former Libyan dictator, his family or other highprofile members of his regime.
The toppled Libyan leader is known to have used battalions of ag Boula Tuareg fighters who have long-standing ties to Gaddafi. His is believed to have financed the Tuareg rebellion in Niger.
African nations where Tuaregs represent a large part of the population, like Niger, have been the last to recognise the rebels that ousted Gaddafi.
He remains especially popular in towns like Agadez, where the ex-ruler is remembered for his generosity and for his assistance to the Tuareg minority during their fight for independence.
The Sahara desert market town is the largest city in northern Niger, with a population of around 90,000.
Abdoulaye Harouna, the owner of the Agadez Info newspaper, who saw the convoy arrive, said the pro-Gaddafi soldiers accompanying Boula were coming from the direction of Arlit.
Gaddafi, who ruled Libya for more than 40 years, has been on the run since losing control of the capital, Tripoli, last month.
The rebels say at least two of his sons had been in the town of Bani Walid, one of the last remaining pro-Gaddafi strongholds, in recent days.
Moussa Ibrahim, Gaddafi's spokesman and one of his key aides, was still believed to be in the town 90 miles south east of Tripoli, rebel officials said.
Thousands of rebel fighters have surrounded Bani Walid, but have held back on a final assault in the hope of avoiding a bloody battle for the desert town. ITALIAN prosecutors lined up witnesses to defend the DNA evidence used to convict American student Amanda Knox of murder and to keep her in prison for another 20 years.
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