20 Oct 2011

Libyan forces claim Gaddafi stronghold captured

10:34 pm on 20 October 2011

Libyan transitional government forces say they have captured the last positions held by Muammar Gaddafi's loyalists in the deposed leader's home town of Sirte.

Colonel Yunus Al Abdali, head of operations in the eastern half of the city, said on Thursday they are now chasing Gaddafi's fighters who are trying to run away.

Another front line commander confirmed the capture of the Mediterranean coastal city, which was the last remaining significant bastion of pro-Gaddafi fighters almost three months after the former leader was overthrown by rebels, Reuters reports.