Clashes flare at Gaddafi strongholds, son in Niger
LIBYA: Fighters backing the new regime in Libya clashed with
forces loyal to Moamer Gaddafi at Bani Walid and moved closer to Sirte
as one of Gaddafi's sons arrived in Niger.
As fighting continued, Mahmud Jibril, deputy head of the National
Transitional Council, said in Libyan capital Tripoli on Sunday that a
new transitional government would be formed within 10 days.
Rebel forces were still "in the process of liberating Libya, and
revolutionary combatants are still on the fronts," Jibril said. Another
government would be formed once "Libya is liberated", he added. In Bali
Walid, an AFP correspondent said at least three fighters were killed and
15 wounded in skirmishes on the outskirts of the town.
Forces loyal to Libya's new rulers have gathered there awaiting the
signal to storm the oasis town.
NTC interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil on Saturday gave the green
light to attack Bani Walid southeast of Tripoli, Gaddafi's hometown
Sirte to the east and Sabha in the deep south. The deadline for
pro-Gaddafi enclaves to surrender had passed, he said.
The whereabouts of Moamer Gaddafi remain a mystery but in Niger,
government spokesman and Justice Minister Marou Amadou announced that
Saadi Gaddafi had arrived there Sunday.
Near Bani Walid, Monday, AFP