Gaddafi Libyan radio transmits speech after confrontation with dead and wounded
01/24/2012 10:12, For Writing, with international agencies – Beni Walid, Libya
Gadhafi would be alive and hidden in Liberia, where he plans to return to Libya
Supporters of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and a militia loyal to the new government clashed in the town of Bani Walid, about 200 kilometers southeast of Tripoli, a local resident said the British news agency Reuters. Shortly after taking the city, a local radio station began to broadcast a speech attributed to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed in that area but denies the news and they say alive and well, a refugee in Liberia, where he coordinates the action of a return the country.
The resident, who declined to be named, said four people were killed and 20 wounded in the clash. He said both sides were using heavy weapons, including anti-tank guns of 106 mm.
The violence started when militiamen loyal to the Transitional National Council of Libya, the country’s interim government, arrested some people loyal to Gaddafi, who suggested the other supporters of the former leader to take up arms, the resident said.
Bani Walid, the base of the powerful tribe of Warfallah, was one of the strengths in support of Gaddafi during the nine months of civil war. Anti-Gaddafi rebels fought for months to take the city.
Local tribal leaders eventually agreed to allow the entry of soldiers of the National Transitional Council in the city, but the relationship is troubled ever since and there was occasional intensification of violence.
The online version of the German newspaper Der Spiegel said at least five people died in the uprising and between 20 to 30 government soldiers were wounded. According to Agence France Presse, the Gaddafi were “heavily armed” with guns and RPGs, and, according to one local, M ‘Barek al Fotmani attacked the “brigade on May 28,” the most important in Bani Walid, in full day, then take control of the entire city. Also according to the witness, insurgents chanted “Allah, Muammar, Libya and that’s all.”
A military source of the National Transitional Council (CNT), a political organ of the military group that controls Libya after the fall of Gaddafi, has already confirmed the sending of troops en route to Bani Walid.
However, Mahmoud el Werfel, a spokeswoman for the local council, criticized the slowness of the CNT to act and fears that the city may become the scene of a massacre.
– We demand the intervention of the army, but the Ministry of Defense and the NLC have betrayed us, let us between the hammer and the anvil. Two months ago we ask you to find a solution – he said.
According to the network RTP, making Bani Walid occurs simultaneously with the internal political crisis of the CNT itself. Vice President of the Council Abdelhafidh Ghoga, submitted his resignation after several demonstrations, including a student at the University of Benghazi who physically assaulted him. On Saturday, in Benghazi, the headquarters of the CNT was sacked.