Libyan fighters in fierce push on Gadhafi bastion

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BANI WALID, Libya (AP) -- Libyan fighters are streaming into Bani Walid, one of the remaining bastions of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi, in a new fierce push.

The revolutionary forces, in dozens of pickup trucks mounted with heavy weapons, are making their way from the north into the town center.

Explosions and gunfire can be heard and smoke was seen billowing in the distance as fierce clashes got under way between the fighters and Gadhafi loyalists in this town, 90 miles (140 kilometers) southeast of Tripoli.

One of the fighters, Hisham Nseir says the frontline is "very heated and chaotic" and that his troops are meeting with heavy resistance from Gahdafi's men.