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Libyan revolutionary forces liberate Bani Walid

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 17, IRNA -- Libya's revolutionary forces, aka National Transitional Council (NTC), claimed late Sunday that they have liberated the northwestern Libyan town of Bani Walid, which was once one of Gaddafi's last strongholds.

NTC forces had also detained around 20 loyalists to the former dictator, Muammar Gaddafi who is still at large.

Bani Walid is located about 170 kilometers from the capital, Tripoli.

Meanwhile, NTC forces continued their struggle against Gaddafi's forces in the center of the northern city of Sirte, the former dictator's hometown and now his only remaining stronghold.

The Doctors Without Borders humanitarian organization has reported that an estimated number of 10,000 people, many of them women and children, remain trapped in Sirte.

According to NTC Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil, about 25,000 people have been killed and 50,000 others injured since the beginning of the Libyan uprising in February.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30615407

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