Moussa Ibrahim: 17, including French and British, captured

(Reuters) – A spokesman for Muammar Gaddafi said on Sunday that 17 “mercenaries,” including what he called French and British “technical experts” have been captured in the Gaddafi bastion of Bani Walid in Libya.

“A group was captured in Bani Walid consisting of 17 mercenaries. They are technical experts and they include consultative officers,” Moussa Ibrahim told the Syrian-based Arrai TV.

“Most of them are French, one of them is from an Asian country that has not been identified, two English people and one Qatari,” he added.

He said the 17 would be shown on television at a later time, but did not give more details.

It was not immediately possible to verify Ibrahim’s claims.

NATO, French and British officials had on Saturday denied a report by Arrai TV that some NATO troops had been captured by Gaddafi loyalists.


“We have won several battles against the NATO collaborators and managed to push them out of Bani Walid and Sirte”, two remaining Gaddafi strongholds, Mussa Ibrahim told Syria-based Arrai television channel by telephone.

“In spite of deadly NATO strikes our forces resist and our fighters pursue their fight because we are involved in a battle for dignity and against the forces of evil,” he added.

Ibrahim said he was confident that the capital Tripoli would be “reconquered”.

“We will be back in all towns and cities that have been occupied by the NATO mercenaries. We promise you that we will bury the colonialist project targeting the Arab people.”

“Our mujahideen have captured French, British and one Qatari mercenaries,” he added.

Ibrahim had warned earlier that the Libyan visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday marked the start of the “colonisation” of the oil-rich country.

The two leaders, whose forces spearheaded the NATO air raids that helped topple Gaddafi, were hailed as heroes during their visit to Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi.

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1 Response to Moussa Ibrahim: 17, including French and British, captured

  1. Moumar Gaddaffi will retake tripoli and mahmoud jalil will be hanged i predict.

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