Conflicted reports about Gadhafi son's capture
Mutassim Gadhafi, a son of deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, greets forces loyal to his father in Ajdabiya last spring.
October 12th, 2011
05:40 PM ET

Conflicted reports about Gadhafi son's capture

[Updated at 6:40 p.m. ET] Mutassim Gadhafi, a son of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, was reported captured Wednesday after a four-hour firefight in Sirte, said Abdallah Naker, the head of the Tripoli Revolutionary Council, who cited field commanders in Sirte as his sources.

But two senior National Transitional Council spokesmen said the report was unconfirmed and a third reportedly denied the claim.

Col. Ahmed Bani, the official spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, said the capture had not been confirmed. And NTC spokesman Shamsiddin Abdulmolah told CNN from Benghazi that the report had not been corroborated.

Abudlmolah said Hassan al-Droyee, NTC's Sirte representative who is currently in Tripoli, denied the report.

Mutassim Gadhafi and a number of aides were captured around noon in an area considered the center of operations for Gadhafi loyalists, Naker said. They were then taken to Benghazi, he said. The scion had been directing operations in Sirte, the hometown of his father, which had been surrounded since Tuesday night, Naker said.

CNN teams in Tripoli and Sirte heard celebratory gunfire ring out as reports of the capture spread. From Benghazi, National Transitional Council spokesman Shamsiddin Abdulmolah said there was massive celebratory gunfire there, too.

Anti-Gadhafi forces have previously reported captures of Gadhafi relatives that proved to be untrue.

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  1. Name*eileen

    why is he smiling? captured people usually frown a lot or cry or look terrified and even shocked but he smiles.....strange me thinks!

    October 12, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • mido

      umm,, cause thats an old pic ...

      October 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mido

    to all the apparently not watching news at all, this guy never been captured be4 .. it was his other brother that was .. so get your facts straight be4 making your self look like this lol..

    October 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. justathought

    WHERE'S THE BEEF? Uncofiremed report.

    October 13, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Like I said, one son down, 291 to go.

    October 13, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    "There have been unconfirmed reports..."
    In other words, rumors.

    October 13, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. Waldo

    Can't find me.

    October 13, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    Another field day for both the right-wing thugs and the right-wing news media who never ceased to bash Mohammar Qaddaffy to no end while it never once mentioned any of the good things Qaddaffy did for Libya, such as, build schools for Libyan children, hospitals for the sick and the poor who couldn't otherwise afford medical care, help the Libyan farmers, etc. Such one-sided and biased reporting this is!!!

    October 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • kemekal

      i agree wit u,biased stories,only onesided,they never remember the good things he did.shame 2 all the baised reporters n people

      October 24, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    You are cordially invited to move elsewhere, George Patton Troll posing as gung hoe.

    October 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. james thompson

    This surelly marks the beginning and the end of Africa as a continent. This man was good for Africa (not good for the west). He was the royal King of POOR Africa and the immense oil resource that Libya has could was to help the poor nations of Africa develop but now through the very recent illegal contracts signed between the France/UK with the "new" libyian leaders while libya was still at "WAR" internally will ensure that this oil and wealth benefits the west only and not African Countries through these dubious contracts-very very unfair but the truth nevertheless. this my friends is how africa will remain poor forever..Who will save africa ?

    October 20, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Only thing Gaddafi was king of was propaganda, he showed the world he lived in a tent as a Bedouin etc, but this was shown to be a lie as he and his family lived a rich lifestyle while he people got nothing... he had immense riches that he kept to himself.

      Only thing he wanted in Africa is to be the lord and master of Africa, he sided with dictators and died a dictator and if you think otherwise then your blind to the truth...

      October 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bill

    When there are a hundred+ tribes all at odds with each other over some sort of crap and the usual age-old religious bickering, it probably takes a "dictator" to get any semblance of order out of that bloody chaos....just a thought. Let's see how well these rebels do as they try "democracy".

    October 25, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Whiz

    Mutassim Gaddafi was captured alive by the rebels, but later was executed. Which is violation of international law. The ICC should prosecute those who killed Mutassim. Where's the cry from NATO and U.S.?

    October 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BeMyself

    Mutassim is a hero, an true patriot!
    Not like coward Obama.

    June 10, 2012 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
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