LIBYA: From Tripoli compound, surreal images of gold guns
Footage is still emerging online of rebels seizing control of Moammar Kadafi's Tripoli compound on Tuesday, including some odd images of fighters with looted gold-plated guns.
In one video, a rebel fighter wearing a scarf around his head and an armored vest, a long gun slung across his shoulder, holds up what appears to be a gold-plated rifle.
"God is great," he says in Arabic before striding off among the palm trees outside the compound as a compatriot flashes a V-for-victory sign.
Agence France-Presse also reported that a rebel emerging from the complex brandished a gold-plated rifle.
"Kadafi people killed us with it," he said.
Other reports circulated of a gold-plated pistol taken from Kadafi's fortress-like home.
The sights bring to mind the truckloads of gold-plated guns U.S. troops seized from a Baghdad villa in April 2003.
Many of those guns, which Agence France-Presse described as "greasy gold-plated Kalashnikov assault rifles and sniper rifles," also carried inscriptions.
"A gift from the president of the republic, Mr Saddam Hussein."
But that cache paled in comparison with the uber-gold guns recovered in recent years from Mexico's drug cartel fighters.
Last year, Mexican soldiers seized an arsenal of not only gold-plated but also diamond-encrusted weapons that allegedly belonged to allies of the Sinaloa drug cartel, according to the Daily Mail. One of the guns seized from a Guadalajara cartel member's home featured a gold-plated silencer, another a diamond-tipped trigger.
-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Video: A Libyan rebel emerges from Moammar Kadafi's compound in Tripoli with what appears to be a gold-plated gun. Credit: YouTube