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Libyan Provisional Forces Fight for Control of Gadhafi Hometown

Libyan revolutionary fighters fire with a machine gun while attacking pro-Gadhafi forces at the Ouagadougou conference center of Sirte, Libya, October 7, 2011.

Libyan provisional government fighters are engaged in intense battles with former leader Moammar Gadhafi's loyalists in his hometown.

Witnesses say heavy artillery fire has rocked Sirte as National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters try to widen their hold. Friday's fighting has been centered around the Ouagadougou conference center, where pro-Gadhafi fighters are based.

The provisional government fighters have been battling for control of Sirte for three weeks. They have predicted they will gain full control within the next few days.

The town, located about 360 kilometers east of Tripoli, is one of the few remaining holdouts for the former leader's loyalists.

Medical workers said Friday that at least eight NTC fighters had been killed in the Sirte offensive and more than 100 wounded.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.