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Libya's interior ministry sends armed fighters to Bani Walid

01-28-2012 14:44 BJT

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After just a few days of calm in Bani Walid, Libya’s interior ministry has sent heavily armed fighters to the town, in bid to recapture it from Gaddafi loyalists who seized control a week ago.

Heavily armed fighters assembled by the interior ministry, and some remaining members of the National army camped just outside Bani Walid. And dozens are still trooping down here. Some of them are on the lookout for any possible threat, as they prepare to get into Bani Walid.

A fighter said, “We didn’t come here because of more trouble or blood shed. All we want is to secure the place and maintain peace to the people of Bani Walid because they are also part of Libya.”

There mission here is very clear.. Once they get the go ahead from their commanders and the interior ministry, they will move into the town of Bani Walid and take it over from the Ghadafi loyalists, who have been under control of the town since the beggining of the week..

A fighter said, “We are going into the city to solve the problem that is facing the people of Bani Walid Right now.”

This is the last check point before you get into Bani Walid down this road... But we are told we can not go beyond this point, for the sake of our security".

Fighting broke out last sunday in Bani Walid, after one of the brigades arrested a man, believed to be a Gaddafi loyalist. Members of his brigade then ambushed their rival group, taking over control of the town.

The National Transitional council has not been able to contain the frequent incidents of fighting between Rival Groups in Libya, since the fall of Muamar Gaddafi late last year. Many of the battles are believed to be between different tribes and Pro and anti Gaddafi fighters.

Fighters said, “Bani Walid is the same as Tripoli, Benghazi, Misrata, Zintan, Rejban and Zawia. And all of us are Libyans". "We are here to secure the civilians and to enable them feel safe again."

The situation has been calm in Bani Walid since Wednesday, but this latest development, could trigger a fresh battle.

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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