Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziyah Tripoli compound 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Louafi Larbi)
Amnesty and $1.3 million will be awarded to whoever captures ousted Libyan
leader Muamar Gaddafi dead or alive, announced head of the interim
government Mustafa Mohamed Abud Ajleil on Wednesday, according to Army Radio. The money reward is being offered by an unidentified Benghazi
Gaddafi vowed on Wednesday to fight on to death
or victory after rebels forced him to abandon his Tripoli stronghold in
what appeared to be a decisive blow against the Libyan leader's 42-year
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He said his withdrawal from his headquarters in the heart of the capital
was a tactical move after it had been hit by 64 NATO air strikes and he
vowed "martyrdom" or victory in his fight against the alliance.
Gaddafi's exact whereabouts are still unknown.
The offer comes the same day as all Western journalists have been freed
from Tripoli's Hotel Rixos where they had been trapped by loyalists to
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, CNN reported.
Some 35 foreign journalists and at least two foreign politicians had
been trapped for five days in deteriorating conditions in the
once-opulent Rixos hotel.
While opposition forces control large parts of Tripoli, fighting
continued as Gaddafi loyalists bombarded areas in the center of the
capital, including the neighborhood of the hotel.
The Rixos hotel just south of the Tripoli city center appeared to be one
of the few parts of the city not under rebel control. Foreign media
inside the hotel, including Reuters journalists, have for days been
holed up inside the hotel. Snipers were active on the streets outside.
A Reuters reporter in the hotel said food and water supplies were
running low. She said early on Wednesday that armed men loyal to Gaddafi
who had been patrolling the hotel compound were no longer in sight, but
it was not clear if they had withdrawn.