Muammar Gaddafi's son Mo'tassim was captured in Sirte on Wednesday while trying to escape the town, the head of the Tripoli Revolutionary Council said.
"He was arrested today in Sirte," Colonel Abdullah Naker told Reuters. He was taken to
Libyan transitional government forces said on Sunday they had captured the university and a conference centre in Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte, but were holding off an assault on the main square to let civilians escape.
Transitional Libyan forces with heavy guns mounted on 100 vehicles swept into Sirte on Saturday in one of the biggest assaults in the battle for Muammar Gaddafi's hometown, but had to seek cover when they drew withering fire fro
Libyan interim government forces backed by Nato warplanes have mounted their deepest thrust into Muammar Gaddafi's home town of Sirte, getting as close as half a kilometre from the centre of the deposed leader's coastal stronghold.
Libya's ruling National Transitional Council has extended by one week its deadline for the surrender of Sirte, Muammar Gaddafi's last bastion of support on the Mediterranean coast, an NTC spokesman said on Thursday.
"They have extended the
Libyan forces closed in on Muammar Gaddafi's home town on Sunday, vowing to seize it by force if negotiations failed, and their leaders ruled out any talks with the deposed ruler, other than on the terms of his surrender.
Muammar Gaddafi's forces and some residents fired at Libyan rebels on the road east of the Libyan leader's home city overnight, pushing them back towards the town of Bin Jawad, rebels said.
The rebel fighters had raced along the coastline
A Libyan rebel spokesman said Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte had been captured by the rebels on Monday, but no independent verification of the statement was immediately available.
A foreign journalist in Sirte, contacted by teleph
Libyan rebels advanced from the east on Muammar Gaddafi's hometown Sirte and clung to positions in a western town near the capital Tripoli after withstanding two armoured assaults by government forces.
Intense, sustained machinegun fire ra