Gaddafi not in Tripoli any more?

May 14th, 2011 - 8:03 pm ICT by IANS  

London, May 14 (IANS) Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has probably fled the capital city of Tripoli and was “most likely” wounded in NATO air strikes, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has said.

Frattini said he believed the leader could have fled Tripoli to “seek refuge in a safe place”, the Daily Express reported.

He said he believed claims by Tripoli’s Catholic bishop, Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli - who was in contact with the leader’s group - that Gaddafi was “most probably outside Tripoli and probably even wounded”.

Martinelli’s office believed that Gaddafi had left for the Tunisian capital, but Frattini said he did not think that he had left the country.

“Libya is a big country, with desert areas,” he said.

However, Gaddafi’s spokesman dismissed the claims as “nonsense”.

Mussa Ibrahim said: “The leader is in good spirits and unharmed.”

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