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One of the sons of fugitive Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has been given refuge in neighbouring Niger. Saadi Gaddafi had been let into Niger on humanitarian grounds and was due in its capital Niamey later, said Niger's Justice Minister Marou Amadou.

Col Gaddafi's whereabouts are unknown. He has said he will die in Libya. Anti-Gaddafi troops now control most of Libya, including the capital Tripoli. Loyalists are holding out in several cities including Bani Walid and Sirte.

On Sunday, anti-Gaddafi forces resumed their attack on Bani Walid, 180km (110 miles) from Tripoli, supported by Nato air strikes. Officials say their forces are now within reach of the centre of the town.

Some of Col Gaddafi's family have fled to Algeria.

Several convoys of former Gaddafi loyalists are also said to have streamed over Libya's southern border with Niger recently.

The Niger government has recognised the NTC's authority, but said it had not yet decided whether it would allow Col Gaddafi to enter the country.

The US has urged Niger to detain any individuals who may be sought for prosecution by the new authorities in Tripoli and confiscate their weapons and money.
Source: bbc

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