Published February 24, 2011
| Associated Press
BENGHAZI, Libya -- Leader Muammar Qaddafi says al Qaeda chief Usama bin Laden is behind the uprising in Libya and al Qaeda followers give young Libyans hallucinogenic pills in their coffee to get them to revolt.
Qaddafi 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 Qaeda that the whole world is fighting."
He says al Qaeda militants are "exploiting" teenagers, giving them "hallucinogenic pills in their coffee with milk, like Nescafe."
Witnesses said 10 people were killed when pro-Qaddafi forces attacked opponents at a mosque in Zawiya, east of Tripoli.