October 20, 2011
Libya’s acting prime minister has said that Muammar Gaddafi is believed to be recruiting fighters from other African countries and preparing for a possible insurgency, hoping to destabilise Libya’s new regime.
Wednesday’s comments by Mahmoud Jibril reflected fears that the ousted leader would be able to use friendly relations with neighbouring countries cultivated during his more than four decades in power to help him launch a bid to return to power.
“Reports have shown that 68 vehicles with at least eight fighters each crossed the Libyan borders to Mali and Gaddafi is hiding in the southern desert,” Jibril told reporters.
He said Gaddafi had made a deal with the Hamada tribe, which roams the borders between Chad, Sudan and Libya, to provide 12,000 fighters “to enter Libya and start the fight”.
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