Large Libyan convoy arrives in Niger -sources

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Posted: Sep 05, 2011 8:28 PM
Large Libyan convoy arrives in Niger -sources

AGADEZ (Reuters) - A large convoy of Libyan armored vehicles escorted by the Nigerian military arrived in the northern Niger desert town of Agadez late on Monday, a French military source and a Niger military source told Reuters.

The convoy contained between 200 and 250 Libyan military vehicles and included officers from Libya's southern army battalions, and likely crossed from Libya into Algeria before entering Niger, the sources said.

The French military source said he had been told Muammar Gaddafi and his son Saif al-Islam might be considering joining the convoy en route to Burkina Faso, a landlocked West African state which has offered Gaddafi and his family asylum and has a border with Niger.

(Reporting by Abdoulaye Massalatchi and Nathalie Prevost; Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Michael Roddy)