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Top aide of Libya’s Khadafy arrested in Egypt

CAIRO — Egyptian security forces arrested a close aide of ousted Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy on Tuesday following a siege at his Cairo home, a security official and witnesses said.

Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam surrendered to Egyptian security forces after shots were fired, they said. An intelligence official under Khadafy, Qaddaf al-Dam is among dozens wanted for their role in Libya’s 2011 civil war that ended with Khadafy’s capture and killing.

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Police surrounded his home in the Cairo neighborhood of Zamalek before dawn Tuesday. Gunshots were heard during the siege, but it was unclear who fired at whom.

The official said three policemen were wounded. The official spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

Pro-Khadafy Libyans living in Cairo converged on the scene to denounce the arrest, chanting, ‘‘God, Moammar, Libya!’’

Fares Khadafy, an Egyptian who said he is a descendant of Khadafy’s tribe, described Qaddaf al-Dam as a national hero.

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