Benghazi: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam has been captured, rebel leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said as anti-regime fighters attacked the capital.

The chairman of the rebel National Transitional Council told a television channel from Benghazi in eastern Libya he had "information that Seif al-Islam has been captured."

"He is being kept in a secure place under close guard until he is handed over to the judiciary," Abdel Jalil said without giving a date or place for the reported capture of Gaddafi's son.

Before the revolt which erupted in February, Seif al-Islam was increasingly seen as the successor to his father, despite publicly ruling out any dynastic ambitions in the North African country.

He long served as the face of the regime in the West as he appeared in suits and ties and spoke fluent English.

(Agencies)