TRIPOLI - Muammar Gaddafi has probably left the Libyan desert town of Bani Walid and is heading further south, with the help of loyalist tribes, towards Chad or Niger, a senior military official in Libya's new leadership told Reuters.
Hisham Buhagiar, who is coordinating efforts to find the former Libyan leader, said reports indicate he may have been in the region of the southern village of Ghwat, some 950 km (590 miles) south of Tripoli and 300 km north of the border with Niger, three days ago.
"He's out of Bani Walid I think. The last tracks, he was in the Ghwat area. People saw the cars going in that direction .... We have it from many sources that he's trying to go further south, towards Chad or Niger," Buhagiar said in an interview late on Tuesday.
Gaddafi, who was ousted from power in August after an February uprising against his rule spread to the capital Tripoli, is believed to be traveling in a convoy of some 10 cars and may be using a tent as shelter, Buhagiar said.