January 25, 2012 / 12:12 PM / in 7 years

Libyan defence minister in restive town for talks

TRIPOLI, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Libya’s Defence Minister Osama al-Juwali is holding talks with townsmen in Bani Walid, a former stronghold of Muammar Gaddafi the government lost control of on Tuesday after local people staged an armed uprising.

“The minister came here today and we are speaking to him to find a solution to this problem,” said Abdul Azziz al-Jmaili, a council member in Bani Walid, 150 km (90 miles) from Tripoli.

“A peacekeeping force have come and set up checkpoints on the outskirts of the town,” he said, adding the force consisted of armed brigades from nearby towns who are loyal to the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC).

Reporting by Taha Zargoun, writing by Oliver Holmes

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