A statement carried by Algeria’s official news agency, APS, said Col. Gadhafi’s wife, Sofia; his daughter Aisha; and sons Hannibal and Mohammed, accompanied by their children, had “entered Algeria at 8:45 a.m. through the Algerian-Libyan border.”
A spokesman for the rebels’ National Transitional Council said it will demand that the Gadhafis be handed back to Libya to stand trial.
The rebels put Mohammed Gadhafi under house arrest last week, but he escaped in a firefight.
“Gadhafi’s defiance of the coalition forces still poses a danger, not only for Libya but for the world,” . That is why we are calling for the coalition to continue its support,” he said at a meeting in the Qatari capital, Doha.
The rebels have offered a $1.7-million-dollar reward for Col. Gadhafi’s capture, dead or alive.
Seif al-Islam, the one-time heir apparent to his father, was last seen when he made a surprise appearance at a Tripoli hotel in the early hours of Aug. 23.
Khamis Gadhafi heads the elite 32nd Brigade, also known as the Khamis Brigade, which has been accused of wide-scale atrocities in the conflict.
Mutassim Gadhafi served as national security adviser in his father’s regime.
A spokeswoman for the Algerian Embassy in Washington denied the allegations.