'Gaddafi diehards' attack ex-rebel base in Libya: Official

AFP , Monday 23 Jan 2012

Former Gaddafi stronghold Bani Walid, now controlled by Libya's new rulers, is attacked by partisans of slain leader, official says

An armed group loyal to slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Monday launched an attack on a base belonging to former rebels in Bani Walid, a one-time bastion of the former leader, a local official told AFP.

"The compound of thuwars (anti-Gaddafi revolutionaries) is surrounded on all sides by loyalists of Gaddafi who are attacking it with all kinds of weapons," said M'barek Al-Fotmani, a local official who previously was a member of the ruling National Transitional Council in Bani Walid, located 170 kilometres (106 miles) southwest of Tripoli.


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