Son of Libya's army chief injured in clash

AP News
Posted: Dec 15, 2011 12:22 PM
Son of Libya's army chief injured in clash

A Libyan army official says one of the top military commander's sons has been injured during an exchange of fire with rivals from another former rebel force.

The official says the son of Gen. Khalifa Hiftar was injured Thursday in a confrontation at a Tripoli bank with ex-rebels from the western mountain town of Zintan. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not an official army spokesman.

A spokesman of the Zintan fighters, Khaled al-Zintani, says the general's son Saddam triggered the clash by trying to enter a bank guarded by the fighters even though he was armed with a gun and a hand grenade. He says Saddam was injured in the leg and was taken to a hospital.

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Saddam's brother, Belgassim, accused the rebels of abducting him.