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NTC fighters launch attack on pro-Kadhafi forces in Sirte

Reuters/Goran Tomasevic
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Fighters for Libya's interim rulers entered Moamer Kadhafi's hometown Sirte on Saturday, as a number of explosions rocked Tripoli and the new rulers said a government will be announced next week.

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Tripoli residents heard at least 12 blasts, reportedly caused by an explosion at a naval base’s munitions dump.

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Also in the capital National Transitional Council (NTC) head Mustafa Abdel Jalil said a transitional government will be announced within a week. The announcement was put off from last Sunday because of haggling over portfolios.

Meanwhile, NTC troops faced heavy rocket and machine-gun fire to launch a surprise assault on Sirte, where some of the last remaining forces loyal to Kadhafi have been holding out.

Using tanks and pickup trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns, the NTC forces moved in a pincer movement and east cleared away roadblocks set up by Kadhafi forces and drove

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toward the city centre.

Heavy fighting also raged in Bani Walid, the only other remaining pro-Kadhafi. Doctors reported that a total of 30 NTC troops have been killed so far on that front.

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