Gadhafi's Spy Chief Arrested in Mauritania

Mauritania's state information agency said al-Senoussi was arrested at the airport in the capital, Nouakchott, upon arrival from Casablanca, Morocco.

TRIPOLI, Libya - Mauritania arrested Muammar Gadhafi's former intelligence chief Saturday, who was accused of attacking civilians during the uprising in Libya last year and the 1989 bombing of a French airliner. The International Criminal Court, France and Libya all said they want to prosecute Abdullah al-Senoussi.

Mauritania's state information agency said al-Senoussi was arrested at the airport in the capital, Nouakchott, upon arrival from Casablanca, Morocco. A spokesman for Libya's ruling National Transitional Council confirmed the arrest.

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As Gadhafi's regime crumbled in the second half of 2011 after more than four decades of rule, many of the dictator's inner circle fled from advancing rebels toward the Sahara.

A Libyan military official said al-Senoussi, who is also Gadhafi's brother-in-law, likely fled to Chad just before the opposition captured the capital Tripoli in October and passed through Mali and Morocco before heading to Mauritania.