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Burkina Faso minister denies Gaddafi is in the country

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Burkina Faso minister denies Gaddafi is in the country


Rumours that deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has fled to Burkina Faso continue, since loyalist troops arrived in the country.

However, Libya’s National Transitional Council says it has not confirmed this with Niger, whose troops escorted them.

Mustafa Abdel Jalil, Head of the NTC, said: “There isn’t any kind of negotiation or contact with the government of Niger in this context. The Niger government does not recognise the Transitional Council yet, but we are depending on international laws and treaties concerning this issue.”

The Libyan troops, accompanied by up to two 250 armoured vehicles, came to Agadez in the north of Burkina Faso possibly passing through neighbouring Algeria. The convoy was believed to include members of Gaddafi’s entourage.

Nevertheless, authorities in the African nation deny that Gaddafi is seeking refuge in Burkina Faso.

“We are not aware of his presence in Burkina, and as for the direction he is taking at this moment, whether in Niger or elsewhere, we have not been informed and we have not been approached,” said Alain Edouard Traore, Communications Minister of Burkina Faso.

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