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August 23, 2011

Rebels seize rifles from armory in Gaddafi compound

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Smoke rises above downtown Tripoli following fighting at Bab Al-Aziziya compound August 23, 2011. Libyan rebel forces have breached the first gate of Muammar Gaddafi's fortified Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli, Arab news channel Al Arabiya reported on Tuesday. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

Smoke rises above downtown Tripoli following fighting at Bab Al-Aziziya compound August 23, 2011. Libyan rebel forces have breached the first gate of Muammar Gaddafi's fortified Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli, Arab news channel Al Arabiya reported on Tuesday. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

Hundreds of rebel fighters on Tuesday looted an armory in part of the compound of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi that they had overrun, seizing new sniper rifles in plastic cases, a Reuters witness said.

One fighter, in jubilant mood, shouted “It is over, Gadhafi is finished!” Another, carrying a looted television set to an entrance to the sprawling compound in the capital city, placed it on the ground and yelled “This is for the Libyan people!”

Fighting was still under way elsewhere in the compound, and some pro-Gadhafi snipers were still firing at the advancing rebels, the witness said.

Reporting by Peter Graff, editing by Tim Pearce

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