Libyan forces seize most of Bani Walid

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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A Libyan military spokesman says revolutionary forces have captured almost all of Bani Walid, one of Moammar Gadhafi's last remaining strongholds.

Col. Ahmed Bani of the National Transitional Council said Monday that 90 percent of the desert encalve southeast of Tripoli, including the strategic center of the town, has fallen to the fighters. It is the first time the fighters made it into the center.

Residents and fighters say that Gadhafi forces retreated in the face of the advance over the past two days.

Resident Moammar al-Warfali says fighters loyal to the new transitional government seized the center, a key hospital and several other high buildings used by Gadhafi's snipers to prevent any advance by the revolutionary fighters.