Libyan revolutionaries in Benghazi said the group was found entombed in a small underground cell in the city's dreaded government compound, a forbidden territory for 40 years, now overrun by forces of the revolution.
SKY News quoted the rescuers as saying that they heard voices underground and dug through earth and freshly laid concrete to discover the seven men, some of whom were barely alive. They said some of the seven were anti-Gaddafi protesters and others were soldiers who had rebelled against the dictator. They were now being treated in hospital.
The ground underneath the compound is yielding more dark secrets in a labyrinth of bunkers, prisons and armouries. This was Gaddafi's subterranean stronghold in the east of Libya. Its tunnels appear to have been stacked high with every kind of weapon.There are also rumours of a 5 km long tunnel extending from this compound to Gaddafi's mansion and farm outside the town. But so far no one has found it.