Niger ar­rests rebel who fought for Gad­hafi

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NI­AMEY | A Tuareg rebel leader who be­longed to Moam­mar Gad­hafi’s in­ner cir­cle and led the last Tuareg up­ris­ing in the West African na­tion was ar­rested overnight in Niger’s cap­i­tal, a fam­ily mem­ber said Wed­nes­day.

Aghali Alambo led a Tuareg re­bel­lion against the gov­ern­ment of Niger from 2007 to 2009.

The peace ac­cord was bro­kered by Gad­hafi.

Af­ter the end of the fight­ing, Mr. Alambo ex­iled him­self to Tripoli, where he be­came one of Gad­hafi’s trusted aides, stay­ing at his side un­til just be­fore the fall of the cap­i­tal last year.

Ah­mad Ah­lawey, a rel­a­tive of Mr. Alambo’s, said the gov­ern­ment is ac­cus­ing Mr. Alambo be­ing linked to an ex­plo­sives-loaded three-car con­voy that was stopped try­ing to cross into Niger from Libya re­cently.

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