Libyan rebels free 10,000 from Qadhafi prisons

August 29, 2011 02:50 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 12:29 am IST - TRIPOLI

Libyan rebels are seen on the road out of Misrata (190 kilometres from Sirte), Libya. File photo

Libyan rebels are seen on the road out of Misrata (190 kilometres from Sirte), Libya. File photo

A rebel military spokesman says rebels have freed more than 10,000 from Muammar Qadhafi’s prisons since entering Tripoli last week.

But Ahmed Bani said that some 50,000 people are unaccounted for.

Mr. Qadhafi’s regime sought to break the uprising that broke out in mid-February by locking up thousands of people. Many have been released, but evidence has emerged that regime forces executed dozens of prisoners as rebels seized the capital.

Mr. Bani told reporters in the eastern city of Benghazi Sunday that rebels are still searching for Mr. Qadhafi. Rebels say many Mr. Qadhafi loyalists have fled to Sirte, headquarters of his tribe and his last major bastion.

Bani say, “We hope that Qadhafi is still in Libya, so we can rid the world of this insect.”

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