Khamis Gaddafi killed during fighting in Bani Walid
Khamis Qadaffy, youngest son of the former Libyan dictator, has been killed during fighting in the town of Bani Walid, a year to the day that rebel forces killed his father, Muammar.
A short statement from the Libyan national congress front man, Omar Hamdan, said the 28-year-old was killed "in battle" but gave no further details. His body was found after a day of heavy fighting
... as opposed to the more usual light or desultory fighting...
between the town's pro-Qadaffy garrison and militias allied to the Libyan government. Government forces reported 13 dead and 121 maimed, amid a fourth day of bitter festivities for control of the town.
Khamis's death prompted wild celebrations in Misrata, Libya's third city, which was besieged for six months by his 32nd Brigade, blamed for an orgy of murder, rape and torture.
Khamis was known as one of the most hardline of Qadaffy's sons: after studying in a Russian military academy, he formed the 32nd Brigade as a special unit to be at the service of his father.
Reports said his body was being brought to Misrata, in a repeat of last October when his father's body was put on public display before being buried at a secret site. Khamis has been wrongly reported dead several times.
For many Misratans, the death of their chief tormentor was a cause for both celebration and torment. Former militiaman Muhsen al-Gubbi, who battled with Khamis's forces in the city last year, said: "I want to cry. I am still waiting to see his body, I want to make sure he is dead."
Posted by: Fred