Libyan army ousts pro-Gaddafi rebels from key airbase
Libya's governmental forces have struggled against Gaddafi supporters since the strongman's death in 2011. (AFP/File)
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Libyan Army troops and revolutionaries reclaimed the Tamenhit airbase held by supporters of deposed Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, a military official said.
Military commander Mohammed Alayat al-Busaify told the Libya Herald Wednesday troops and revolutionaries seized the airbase and were moving toward Sebha. The base had been held by Gadhafi supporters since Jan. 20
Local officials said 18 Gaddafi loyalists were captured and a number of others fled.
The Herald said Sebha experienced intense fighting and that the city's Fort Elena castle reportedly was shelled by the Gadhafi loyalist forces. The extent of damage and whether there were any casualties was not known.