Slain Libyan tyrant Muammar Gaddafi attempted to sink a British cruise ship carrying Jewish passengers in 1973, the Daily Mail reported Friday.
According to the report, Gaddafi ordered an Egyptian submarine to torpedo the Queen Elizabeth 2, which was sailing from Southampton to Israel, packed with passengers celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Jewish state's establishment.
The move was meant to "to reinforce his stance as a global revolutionary and hero of the Arab world," the report said.
The Egyptian submarine was reportedly under Libyan control due to the two nations' drive towards unity. However, when Egypt's then-President Anwar Saadat heard of the plot he called the operation off.
Had the mission gone through, the report asserted, "it would have been another terrible deed in Gaddafi's hall of infamy," including the Lockerbie jet bombing in 1988, the bombing of a French plane over Chad in 1989, massacres of his own people and wars with neighboring countries.
Gaddafi widow proud of his courage
Gaddafi, who ruled Libya with a dictatorial grip for 42 years until he was ousted by rebels in a bloody civil war, was killed Thursday when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after the regime fell.
Al Jazeera English Television broadcast what it said was exclusive footage clearly showing Gaddafi's body being dragged by rebels along a street. The footage showed the half naked body of the toppled Libyan strongman being stripped of his shirt. His face was red with blood and had a bullet hole in the side of his head.
A television station based in Syria that supported Gaddafi said Friday that the slain Libyan leader's wife has asked for a United Nations investigation into his death.
Gaddafi's wife "asks the United Nations to investigate the death of the fighter Muammar and Mo'tassim," Arrai television said in a news headline, referring to one of Gaddafi's sons as well.
The headline also said Gaddafi's wife was proud of her husband's courage and her children who, it said, stood up to 40 countries and their agents throughout six months and considered them to be martyrs.
Reuters contribued to the report
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