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LIBYA: Gunshots erupt during interview with Kadafi's son

August 21, 2011 |  9:23 pm


An interview with Mohammed Kadafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi, took a dramatic turn when gunfire erupted in the background and the phone line went dead.

In the interview with Al Jazeera Arabic, the younger Kadafi said he had surrendered to rebel forces who besieged his home.

“The rebels who apprehended me were very cordial and have not harmed me,” he said, according to a translation provided above by Al Jazeera English. “This is a very positive sign, not only for me but for all Libyans.”

Photos: Battle for Tripoli, ongoing conflict in Libya

He expressed regret for the bloodshed in Libya.

“The absence of wisdom and foresight is what brought us here today,” he said. “Our differences could have been solved very easily."

Then gunshots could be heard in the background.

“I’m being attacked right now,” he said. “This is gunfire inside my house, they’re inside my house.”

The head of the opposition Transitional National Council told Al Jazeera that Mohammed Kadafi was not hurt. Another son, Seif Islam, who was Kadafi's onetime heir apparent, also has been captured.


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-- Alexandra Zavis