The captors of Saif al-Islam, son and one-time heir apparent of Libya’s late dictator Muammar Gaddafi, say they have released him after more than five years in detention.
A statement by the captors, the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion, said Seif al-Islam was released on Friday, but gave no details on his whereabouts. Battalion officials reached by The Associated Press at Zintan, a town south of the capital Tripoli where it is based, confirmed his release. Again, they declined to give further details.
Gaddafi’s son was captured by the battalion’s fighters late in 2011, the year when a popular uprising toppled Gaddafi after more than 40 years in power. He was later killed.
The uprising later became a civil war in which Saif al-Islam led Gaddafi’s loyalist forces against the rebels.