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89. Gaddafi vows to fight on, Libyans try to move on
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Thu Sep 8, 2011 4:18pm GMT

Defiant former leader vows to keep fighting

NTC fighters advance towards loyalist stronghold

Exchanges of fire around pro-Gaddafi Bani Walid

By Christian Lowe


TRIPOLI, Sept 8 (Reuters) - The voice of Muammar Gaddafi boomed out from his hiding place on Thursday, denying he had fled Libya and cursing as rats and stray dogs those whose efforts to start governing in his place are being frustrated by his diehard followers.

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Backing up his words, a cannonade of Grad missiles flew out of Bani Walid, a desert town south of Tripoli where a hard core of loyalists -- estimated by their opponents at about 150 -- are under siege by the new interim government. Some of its commanders suspect Gaddafi himself might be hiding inside.


Two of the defenders were killed and one of the siege force wounded in overnight skirmishing, though a military spokesman for the National Transitional Council said the new rulers would abide by a truce until Saturday to allow negotiated surrenders at Bani Walid and Gaddafi's home town of Sirte, on the coast.


"We can do it within two hours maximum," Ahmed Bani said of taking over Bani Walid. He said he believed Gaddafi's son and heir-apparent Saif al-Islam was there, though he did not share the belief of some others in the NTC that his father was.


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http://af.reuters.com/article/libyaNews/idAFL5E7K80SB20...




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