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Gaddafi spy chief 'flees to Mali'

Muammar Gaddafi's intelligence chief has reached the Kidal region of Mali overnight after crossing through the Niger desert, and Gaddafi's son is also on his way, according to reports.

An adviser to the president of Niger was speaking from the northern Nigerien city of Agadez, where Tuareg elders held meetings late into the night to discuss how to deal with the matter.

The intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senoussi, and Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam, are the two surviving members of the ousted Libyan regime wanted by the International Criminal Court.

The adviser said that al-Senoussi had been escorted across the dunes by Malian Tuaregs and is in a desert camp in the region of Kidal.

Gaddafi's son is expected to follow the same route.

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