Transitional Council official: Gaddafi is hiding near the border with Algeria

Military official said a senior Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi deposed apparently hiding near the western town of Ghadames Libya, near the border with Algeria, under the protection of men of the Tuareg.Said Hisham Abu Hajar, a senior military official in the new leadership in Libya in a telephone conversation with Reuters late on Tuesday that the Tuareg still support Gaddafi and is believed to be in the region of Ghadames.Abu Hajar said research coordinator for the Libyan leader Gaddafi deposed that he believed was in the town of South Smono a week ago before moving to Ghadames, about 550 km southwest of Tripoli.Abu Hajar said that Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam in the Bani Walid and his son the other Mu'tasim in Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown.

He added that the two were thinking of perhaps leaving Libya to Niger.

Besieging forces and the Transitional National Assembly Libyan Sirte one last bastion of support for Qadhafi and the city are also to NATO bombing.

And control of the Sirte, about 450 km east of the capital Tripoli, the National Council may make the transition closer to achieving control over the whole country, a goal that failed to achieve since more than a month after the control of its fighters in the capital.

Abu Hajar said that most of the tribes in the south against Gaddafi, with the exception of the Tuareg who still support Gaddafi.

He added without elaborating that there was fighting between pro-Gaddafi Tuareg and Arabs living in the south and there is a process of negotiation taking place, noting that the search for Gaddafi has taken a different path.

Provided Aisha daughter of Hannibal Gaddafi and two brothers, Mohammed and her mother Safiya has driven a number of other family members to Algeria in August and stayed there ever since.