THE WORLDPOST
08/31/2011 04:30 pm ET Updated Oct 31, 2011

Gaddafi foreign minister arrested: witness

JANZOUR, Libya (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi's foreign minister, Abdelati Obeidi, was arrested Tuesday at his farm in Janzour, a suburb west of Tripoli, a Reuters correspondent said.

Forces for the ruling National Transitional Council shouted "Allahu Akbar" or "God is greatest" as they arrested Obeidi, who was wearing traditional Libyan clothes, the correspondent said.

Abdallah al-Hijazi, a close associate of Gaddafi, was also arrested by NTC forces in Tripoli, NTC sources told Reuters.

Gaddafi's entourage has been hit by numerous high-profile defections, arrests and killings since the uprising that has ended his 42-year rule of the country.

The NTC said Monday it believed its fighters had killed Gaddafi's son Khamis and his intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi in clashes. Gaddafi's wife and three of his children fled to Algeria Monday, Algeria's government said.

(Reporting by Ismail Zitouny, Salah Sarrar and Samia Nakhoul; Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by David Stamp)