Government fighters have been firing into the air to celebrate its capture, which means anti-Gaddafi forces now control southern Libya and Colonel Gaddafi has lost one of his last strongholds.
Poor Muammar, running out of places to defend, and he can’t even go and party in Niger if he wanted to now. Unless he is already there of course, instead of fighting to the death with his soldiers who are now the ‘new’rebels of Libya.
Two other Gaddafi strongholds – Bani Walid south-east of Tripoli and the fugitive leader’s birthplace Sirte – are still offering strong resistance but are surrounded by troops loyal to the National Transitional Council.
Sabha is the traditional stronghold of Colonel Gaddafi’s, Qadhadfa tribe and is the largest Libyan city in the Sahara desert.
With roads to Tunisia, Egypt, Chad and Sudan largely controlled by anti-Gaddafi forces, Niger has been used as an exit route by members of the ousted leader’s inner circle fleeing the advancing National Transitional Council troops.