BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi should face the same fate as al Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden who was killed in a firefight with U.S. forces, a Libyan rebel spokesman said on Monday.
“We are very happy and we are waiting for the next step. We want the Americans to do the same to Gaddafi,” said rebel military spokesman Colonel Ahmed Bani.
“We know Osama bin Laden is fighting against us, he is our enemy also,” he said, adding that Libyan rebels had evidence al Qaeda sympathisers had been fighting against them.
Gaddafi, battling rebels who control most of eastern Libya, has described the rebels as armed gangs and inspired by al Qaeda.
Bin Laden was killed in a firefight with U.S. forces in Pakistan on Sunday, ending a nearly 10-year worldwide hunt for the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States.
Reporting by Deepa Babington; Writing by Edmund Blair in Cairo; editing by Andrew Dobbie