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Ex-Gaddafi PM arrested in Tunisia

Muammar Gaddafi's former prime minister has been arrested in Tunisia, officials said.

The arrest came as Libya's new rulers and Nato warned the fugitive leader and his loyalists that they are running out of places to hide.

Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi was arrested on Wednesday night with two other people after they were found without visas in the southern town of Tameghza, near Tunisia's border with Algeria.

The three are expected to appear in court to face charges of illegal entry into Tunisia, an official said. Al-Mahmoudi is not among the former Gaddafi allies being sought by the International Criminal Court.

News of the arrest came as the general in charge of Nato's mission in Libya said that isolated groups of forces loyal to Gaddafi continue to be a threat to local people but are unable to co-ordinate their actions.

Canadian Lt Gen Charles Bouchard also claimed that many Gaddafi forces are surrounded with no way out.

On Wednesday, Nato's decision-making body, the North Atlantic Council, granted approval to extend the mission for another 90 days. Without an extension, permission for the operation would have expired on September 27.

Lt Gen Bouchard said: "We are now at a point where I can only urge regime forces to surrender, to bring an end to these activities."

Gaddafi's supporters remain well-armed and fighting is still raging on three fronts in Gaddafi's base in Sirte, the desert town of Bani Walid and the southern area of Sabha.

Government forces this week have made inroads against Gaddafi loyalists in Sabha, the last major city on a key road leading south to the border with Niger. Lt Gen Bouchard said: "I don't think there are too many places left in Libya for regime forces to go."

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