UPDATE 2-Confusion in Libya over fate of former Gaddafi spokesman

Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:31pm GMT

(Adds quotes from audio clip, casualties in Bani Walid fighting)

By Ali Shuaib

TRIPOLI Oct 20 (Reuters) - Libyan militias captured Muammar Gaddafi's chief spokesman on Saturday, the government said, but an audio clip posted on Facebook purporting to be the voice of Moussa Ibrahim denied his capture.

There was no independent verification of the authenticity or timing of the Facebook post, dated Oct. 20, a year to the day after the dictator's death.

A statement from the prime minister's office said Ibrahim, who was the mouthpiece of the Gaddafi regime during last year's war, was caught in the town of Tarhouna, 70 km (40 miles) south of Tripoli.

"He is being transferred to Tripoli to begin interrogation," the statement said.

The government has previously made false claims regarding the capture of Gaddafi loyalists, and produced no photographs on Saturday showing Ibrahim in detention.

His whereabouts have been unknown since the fall of the capital in August 2011. The government claimed to have caught him last October but he called Reuters to deny the report.

Libya's new rulers have led the nation to elections but have struggled to impose their authority on a country awash with weapons. Leader Mohammed Magarief said some areas of the country still needed to be fully "liberated".   Continued...

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