Rebels Place USD 1.7 M Bounty on Gaddafi's Head

World | August 24, 2011, Wednesday // 17:10|  views

A file photo dated 30 August 2008 shows Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (C) surrounded by African tribal leaders attending the Forum of Traditional Kings, Sultans, Princes and Sheikhs of Tribes in Africa in Benghazi, Libya. EPA/BGNES

The Libyan rebels have announced an award of USD 1.7 M (LYD 2 M; EUR 1.2 M) for the head of dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

The Chairman of the Benghazi-based Transitional National Council of the Libyan rebels, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, announced Wednesday afternoon, as cited by the BBC, that Libyan businessmen have placed the bounty of Gaddafi, who is wanted dead or alive.

In addition to the luring money award, the rebels also offer amnesty to the defector who could capture or kill the dictator.

International analysts have been quick to interpret the offer for a bounty and an amnesty as a rebels' move that is supposed to sow disunity among the ranks of the remaining Gaddafi loyalists.

Gaddafi's whereabouts remain unknown, the last guesses being that he might be hiding in the southern districts of Tripoli.

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