Saif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, speaks during an address on state television in Tripoli, in this still image taken from video, February 20, 2011
Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s son Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, who has been leading the campaign to quell the popular uprising that has reportedly led to the fleeing of his father, has been wounded in gunfire, the Muslim Brotherhood has said citing unofficial reports. The report also says Gaddafi, his wife and daughter have fled the country.
The frontline Egyptian Opposition group that took an active role in the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, said in its website on Monday that 38-year-old Seif al-Islam, the second son of Gaddafi, has been wounded in gunfire, but gave no further details.
"Unofficial reports proliferating that Seif al-Islam Gaddafi wounded by gunfire, while his father has fled with his wife and daughter," the website said in a terse report on the unfolding events in Libya, where more than 200 people have been reportedly killed ever since anti-government protests erupted last week.
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Rumors have been rife over the weekend that the flashy dictator, who has been in power for more than 41 years, has run away to Venezuela.
If true, the latest piece of information points to the failure of Gaddafi clan's attempt to quell the popular revolt on behalf of their father.
Seif al-Islam, who was appointed by Gaddafi as General Coordinator in 2009, warned over the weekend that a "civil war" was imminent in the country and that the country would see "rivers of blood" if violence continued.
Seif, who earned a PhD from the London School of Economics, is seen as a moderate figure in the Gaddafi household and has been active as a human rights advocate.
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