Rebels find evidence that Gadhafi daughter wasn't killed in airstrike

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- The rebels who've taken over the Libyan capital may have uncovered evidence of a longstanding lie told by Moammar Gadhafi.

Back in 1986, Gadhafi claimed that his adopted baby daughter Hana had been killed in an American airstrike on his home in Tripoli. The attack came in retaliation for the Libyan-sponsored bombing of a Berlin nightclub that killed two U.S. servicemen.

At the time, Gadhafi showed American journalists a picture of a dead baby and claimed it was his adopted daughter Hana. It was the first public mention that she even existed.

But when Libyan rebels took over Gadhafi's compound last week, they found a room with Hana's birth certificate, and pictures of a young woman with the name Hana written on the back.

Then, an official at a Tripoli hospital surfaced, and said Hana had worked for him as a surgeon until the rebels came to town.

Today, Swiss officials confirm that her name had briefly appeared this year on a Swiss document listing the names of senior Libyan officials targeted for sanctions.

A Libyan diplomat at the U.N. in Geneva says it was common knowledge that Hana Gadhafi wasn't killed in an airstrike. He says everyone in Libya knew it was a lie.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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