Explosions rock Libyan battleground town
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 10, 2011, 20:14
Ajdabiya: Loud explosions rocked the Libyan battleground town of Ajdabiya for a second day on Sunday, as rebel fighters advanced cautiously after suffering a major reverse at the hands of loyalists.

An AFP correspondent in rebel-held territory east of the town heard some 10 massive blasts in the space of minutes as the two sides disputed the strategic road junction on the east's coastal and desert highways.

"There is intense shelling of the town from the west," resident Hafeth Zwai told a news agency by telephone.

He said he had no idea what casualties or damage the artillery bombardment by forces loyal to Muammer Gaddafi was causing as he was afraid to leave his home.

Yesterday, after advancing towards the oil refinery town of Brega, some 80 kilometres further west on the central coast, rebel forces ran into a loyalist counter-offensive that saw them pushed all the back to the eastern edge of Ajdabiya.

The town itself was turned into a battlefield between the rival fighters.


First Published: Sunday, April 10, 2011, 20:14

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