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Rebels reveal tunnels under Gaddafi compound

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 01:36

Aug. 26 - After the withdrawal of Muammar Gaddafi from his Bab al-Aziziya headquarters, the sprawling maze of underground tunnels is now attracting an influx of curious visitors. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: After the withdrawal of Muammar Gaddafi from his Bab al-Aziziya headquarters, the sprawling compound is now attracting an influx of curious visitors. Libyans were taking the opportunity on Friday (August 26) to walk through the compound's grounds and visit Gaddafi's houses and infamous underground tunnels, giving them a view of the former leader's secret world. Many of the huge dwellings are badly damaged, bearing the marks of months of conflict, as the compound was often been targeted by NATO air strikes. One house looked as if its inhabitants had fled in a hurry, leaving crockery and glasses still laid out on the dining table. Bab al-Aziziya was the seat of Gaddafi's political power and sits on top of a vast network of tunnels and bunkers. Those visiting on Friday were shown a golf buggy which had crashed into a broken wall. Rebels said Gaddafi had used the vehicle to try and make his escape. The tunnels, which run for several miles (kilometres), are also linked to Gaddafi's house inside the compound. Built in the era of King Idris, the Bab al-Aziziya site was reinforced in the 1980s using an array of foreign contractors, in a bid to make the compound's walls impenetrable.

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Rebels reveal tunnels under Gaddafi compound

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 01:36