Saturday, July 30, 2011

Was Libyan rebel chief killed by his own forces? Mysterious circumstances surround Younis' death - 30th July 2011

The military commander of Libya’s rebels has been killed in mysterious circumstances, fuelling fears of a rift among opposition forces.

Initially, rebel leaders claimed that General Abdel Fattah Younes had been executed by agents of Colonel Gaddafi.

But yesterday belief was growing that he had been killed by a gunman from his own side.

The 69-year-old was for years a key ally of Gaddafi before defecting in February.

His death is a severe setback to the rebels as they were beginning to make progress on the battlefield.

Rebel leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil said Younes and two aides had been shot hours after being recalled from the front lines.

He said the ringleader of the killers had been captured but gave no other details. It was unclear even whether the bodies had been recovered, with one report saying they had been set ablaze.

A British official in Libya said: ‘It’s win, win for Gaddafi. If the killers were Gaddafi’s men it shows no one is safe, if they were from within the rebels it shows how fragmented they still are despite everything invested in them by London, Paris and Washington.’ Read More