24 Sep '11, 10am
30 NTC fighters killed in battle for Bani Walid ;-( #Libya #Feb17
BANI WALID, Libya (AFP) - Fighting has claimed the lives of 30 interim government fighters in the campaign to capture the Gaddafi bastion of Bani Walid southeast of the Libyan capital, Dr Mabruk Kernaf said on Saturday. The National Transitional Council's (NTC) northern front commander said another 50 had been wounded. This was the first overall toll given on NTC casualties since the start of fighting. Meanwhile, an AFP reporter reported rockets being fired by troops loyal to former Liban leader Muammar Gaddafi at an NTC position some five kilometres (three miles) outside the desert city, 180km south-east of Tripoli NTC fighters launched a widespread assault on the city on Sept 10, but withdrew the same night after encountering fierce resistance.