CAIRO — The Libyan man who purportedly discovered Moammar Gadhafi hiding in a drainage pipe died in a hospital Tuesday, about two months after the former dictator's supporters kidnapped and allegedly tortured him.
Fears rose that his death would fuel rising tensions between pro- and anti-Gadhafi forces.
Omran Shaaban, a member of a brigade from Misrata, died in a Paris hospital allegedly as a result of a bullet wound and torture he received after his kidnapping in July by militia members from the city of Bani Walid. They apparently were angered by the role he played in Gadhafi's capture and subsequent death last October.
Shaaban, 22, was critically injured in July after he was captured along with three companions near Bani Walid. Shaaban was shot in the neck and paralyzed. He was also believed to have been subjected to severe torture during his two-month captivity. After his negotiated release, he was airlifted to Tripoli and then flown to Paris for medical treatment.