Hisham Buhagiar, coordinator of the hunt for Gaddafi, revealed the deposed leader had been in the southern town of Samnu a week ago, before moving to Ghadamis, 350 miles south-west of Tripoli. “There has been a fight between Tuareg tribesmen who are loyal to Gaddafi and Arabs living there [in the south],” Buhagiar told Reuters. “We are negotiating. The Gaddafi search is taking a different course.”
It was reported from Belarus, meanwhile, that a military plane from Libya landed in Minsk on Monday with 15 people on board. It was immediately moved into a hangar. The Belorusski Partizan said it was met by diplomats and intelligence officials, fuelling rumours that Gaddafi and his family were on the aircraft. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry on September 28 denied rumors that former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has arrived in Minsk.
Truck-mounted forces attacked the Ghadames oasis September 24. An NTC official from Ghadamis, Ali al-Mana, however, said fighting was ongoing. “We came under attack at dawn today. Six people had been killed and 63 wounded.
[August 29] Six armoured Mercedes sedans, possibly carrying Gaddafi’s sons, had crossed the border at the south-western Libyan town of Ghadamis into Algeria. A senior rebel leader, Brig Gen Abdusalam al-Hasi, the head of the country’s special forces before he joined the uprising in February, said he believed the vanquished leader was with Touareg allies in the south-west of the country, close to the border with Algeria. Safiya Gaddafi, the dictator’s second wife and mother of all but one of his children, fled across the desert border between the two countries on August 29, a statement from Algiers said.