TRIPOLI, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Saif al-Islam, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, was captured in Sebha in southern Libya, an officer at the military council announced in Libya's capital of Tripoli on Saturday.
"We have captured Saif," said Bobkar Bobmala, a military officer of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) told reporters at a press conference, without providing more information about the capture.
"The NTC will give more details in a few hours," said Bobmala, adding that Saif may be transferred to Zintan, a city about 100 km southwest of Tripoli.
"This is a historic moment for the new born Libya," said a soldier named Assad Arabi, "He and his father killed so many people, now it's time for them to pay back."
The news came one day before the NTC was expected to announce the list of a new transitional government Sunday. At Tripoli, thousands of residents on Saturday came out from their homes and offices to celebrate the capture of Saif, waving flags and guns.
Saif has been on the run since forces of the NTC took over Tripoli in late August.
Saif is wanted by the International Criminal Court which issued warrants on June 27 against him as well as his father and Abdullah al-Senussi, former intelligence chief in Gaddafi's regime, on charges of crimes against humanity in cracking down anti-Gaddafi protests.