POSTED: 5:03 a.m. HST, Feb 24, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 9:28 a.m. HST, Feb 24, 2011
BENGHAZI, Libya >> Leader Moammar Gadhafi says al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden is behind the uprising in Libya and al-Qaida followers give young Libyans hallucinogenic pills in their coffee to get them to revolt.
Gadhafi has made the comments in a phone call to Libyan state TV Thursday, expressing condolences for deaths in the city of Zawiya but chiding its residents for joining the rebellion.
He says those revolting are "loyal to bin Laden ... This is al-Qaida that the whole world is fighting."
He says al-Qaida militants are "exploiting" teenagers, giving them "hallucinogenic pills in their coffee with milk, like Nescafe."
Witnesses said 10 people were killed when pro-Gadhafi forces attacked opponents at a mosque in Zawiya, east of Tripoli.