03/17/2012 08:35 am ET Updated May 17, 2012

Abdullah al-Senussi, Gaddafi Intelligence Chief, Arrested In Mauritania

TRIPOLI, March 17 (Reuters) - Libya confirmed on Saturday that Muammar Gaddafi's intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi was arrested in Mauritania, government spokesman Nasser al-Manee said.

"Today we confirm the news of the arrest of Abdullah al-Senussi," Manee told a news conference.

"He was arrested this morning in Nouakchott airport and there was a young man with him. We think it is his son."

"He was carrying a passport from Mali," Manee added. (Reporting by Taha Zargoun; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Sophie Hares)