Up to 250 armoured vehicles accompanied by members of Muammar Gaddafi’s southern Libyan army battalions reportedly arrived at Agadez in Niger on Monday. According to a French military source, the convoy had been escorted by the Nigerien military.
A spokesman for the National Transitional Council currently governing Libya quoted sources among Tuareg tribes living in the desert who say that a convoy of ten vehicles had carried gold and cash from Libya into Niger. The NTC spokesman added that the cash had come from the central bank in Sirte, one of the few remaining Gaddafi strongholds in Libya.
It is believed the vehicles came through Algeria.
There is speculation Gaddafi may meet the convoy before travelling to Burkina Faso, where he and his family have been offered asylum.
However, Gaddafi’s spokesman Moussa Ibrahim, who is believed to be in the besieged town of Bani Walid, spoke to a Syrian television channel on Monday, claiming Gaddafi is still in Libya, moving from place to place with his son Saif al-Islam.
During the interview, Ibrahim said: “The leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is in excellent health and in high spirits. He is a man who believes in God. He is present and well and in good health. He’s in a place that cannot be reached by those fractious groups and he’s still in Libya.”