Pro-Gaddafi TV station confirms death of son Khamis

Khamis Gaddafi killed in battle with NTC on August 29; had been falsely reported killed twice before and during uprising.

By REUTERS
October 17, 2011 02:19
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DUBAI - A television station based in Syria that supports Muammar Gaddafi confirmed on Monday that the deposed Libyan leader's son Khamis had died in fighting southeast of the capital Tripoli on Aug. 29.

Khamis commanded an elite military brigade and his death marked the highest-profile pro-Gaddafi casualty since the uprising began that ended Gaddafi's 42 years in power.

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Arrai television announced Khamis's death, along with that of his cousin Mohammed Abdullah al-Senousi, Gaddafi's intelligence chief, saying they were killed during a battle with National Transitional Council (NTC) forces in the city of Tarhouna, 90 km (60 miles) southeast of Tripoli.

The TV station, which has broadcast audio messages from Gaddafi and his spokesman since the Libyan capital was overrun by NTC forces in August, posted pictures of Khamis and Senousi and broadcast verses of the Koran, the traditional way of mourning.

It said Khamis and Senousi died "while confronting the enemies of their homeland" on Aug. 29.

NTC military officials had said in August that Khamis was killed in Tarhouna and buried in the city of Bani Walid but there was no confirmation at the time from Gaddafi loyalists.



Khamis had been reported dead twice before and during the uprising, only to reappear.

A USofficial, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the United States could not yet independently confirm Khamis's death but said similar information was being received in Washington from "reliable sources."

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