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Qaddafi Son Flees To Niger

Muammar Qaddafi's sons Saadi, left, and Saif al-Islam.

One of the sons of ousted Libyan ruler Muammar Qaddafi has arrived in neighboring Niger.

Niger's Justice Minister Marou Amadou said Saadi Qaddafi's convoy was intercepted on September 11 by armed forces while heading to the northern town of Agadez.

Saadi, 38, the third of Qaddafi's sons, renounced a football career in 2004 to join the Libyan army, where he led an elite unit.

Muammar Qaddafi's whereabouts remain unknown.

In another development, fighters linked to Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) say they have met strong resistance from forces in Bani Walid, one of the last remaining towns still under the control of Qaddafi loyalists.

Reports quote NTC fighters as saying they suspect that traitors among their ranks have been passing information about their operations to Qaddafi loyalists inside Bani Walid.

The deputy head of the National Transitional Council has meanwhile pledged that a new interim government will be formed within 10 days.

Speaking in Tripoli on September 11, Mahmud Jibril, the NTC prime minister, said the government would include representatives from all of Libya's different regions.

He also said Libya has started again to produce oil, but declined to say where or how much oil was being produced. Oil production had come to a halt during the six-month-long Libyan civil war.

compiled from agency reports