November 19, 2011 / 12:58 PM / 9 years ago

Prisoner, apparently Gaddafi son, in Zintan -Reuters

ZINTAN, Libya, Nov 19 (Reuters) - A man who appeared to be Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, but who refused to confirm his identity, was flown by Libyan militiamen to the town of Zintan on Saturday from the desert where he was captured, a Reuters correspondent who was on the plane said.

The man, who fighters said was the late Muammar Gaddafi’s son and heir apparent, wore traditional robes with a scarf pulled over his face, but those featuresvisible despite a heavy black beard, as well as his rimless spectacles, conformed to pictures of the 39-year-old younger Gaddafi.

The man’s thumb, index finger and another finger were heavily bandaged.

A crowd of hundreds thronged the runway in Zintan, preventing his captors removing the prisoner and his four male companions arrested with him overnight near the town of Obari. Some people tried to board the plane but were held back by the fighters, who come from Zintan. (Writing by Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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