Sunday, October 23, 2011

Unconfirmed reports claim Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is alive and free

Saif al-Islam, one of the sons of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has vowed to take revenge for his father's death.  Gaddafi was killed Thursday by the National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters near his hometown of Sirte.

Al-Islam appeared on the Syria-based Alrai TV channel on Saturday night with an appeal to his supporters, saying he was alive and staying in Libya and intended to fight to the bitter end against the rebels.

"We are continuing resistance. I am in Libya, I am alive and free and willing to fight to the end and take revenge," the TV channel loyal to the Gaddafi regime quoted him as saying.

A website of Gaddafi's supporters earlier posted a statement that Seif al-Islam had been named an heir to the Libyan dictator and charged with the command of forces fighting the rebels.