September 16, 2011 / 9:54 AM / in 7 years

Libyan NTC forces close in on centre of pro-Gaddafi town

BANI WALID, Libya, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Libyan fighters said they had captured a valley leading to the centre of Bani Walid from Muammar Gaddafi’s forces on Friday.

The desert town of Bani Walid, 180 km (110 miles) south of Tripoli, has been under siege for two weeks, with hundreds of die-hard Gaddafi loyalists concentrated at its centre.

“We have cleared the valley leading to the city centre,” anti-Gaddafi fighter Talal Fernan said. Other fighters confirmed this. (Reporting by Maria Golovnina; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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