Ousted leader Colonel Moammar Gaddafi has told his loyalists he is still fighting on the ground and is ready to die a martyr, according to an internet website.
"Heroes have resisted and fallen as martyrs and we too are awaiting martyrdom," he was quoted as saying. The message was broadcast on local radio in Bani Walid.
He praised the fierce resistance that was being put up by his loyalists in this city. "Through your jihad, you are imitating the exploits of your ancestors," he said.
"You should know that I am on the ground with you. They lie when they say Gaddafi is in Venezuela or Gaddafi is in Niger. "I am among my people and an unexpected shock awaits this clique of agents in the coming days."