Tripoli: Amid reports of ongoing clashes in the Libyan capital, the country’s fighters in the western town of Misrata say they have intercepted a column of Gaddafi troops from the city of Sirte. “The military council confirms the interception of troops coming from Sirte to support Gaddafi forces in Tripoli” on Monday, a statement by the Information Centre of the Military Council of Misrata said on Tuesday.“The convoy consisted of three buses and a number of SUVs loaded with mercenaries and soldiers,” AFP quoted the statement as saying on Tuesday.
The revolutionary forces “destroyed one of the buses completely and the rest of the troops managed to escape back to Sirte,” the statement added.
The development came after opposition fighters took control of most of the capital on Monday, following fierce clashes with regime forces near Gaddafi’s Bab Al-Aziziya compound.
A mood of joy mixed with trepidation settled over the Libyan capital, with the opposition still fighting pockets of fierce resistance from regime loyalists that continue firing mortars and anti-aircraft guns.
Gaddafi forces still control small areas of the capital, including the streets around the Rixos Hotel, where many Western journalists are based.
There is yet no official word on the whereabouts of Muammar Gaddafi, as opposition forces have not yet managed to catch up with him. Some reports indicate that the Libyan dictator may be at a hospital near Tajura, east of Tripoli.