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Gadhafi forces fire from stronghold south of Libya's capital; Interpol issues top arrest alert
WISHTAT, Libya (AP) ' Moammar Gadhafi supporters are rocketing a front line south of Tripoli, testing the patience of the country's new leaders as a grace period for the holdouts to surrender runs out.
Also Friday, Interpol said it has issued its top most-wanted arrest alert for Gadhafi.
Gadhafi went underground after anti-regime fighters swept into Tripoli on Aug. 21. Speculation about his whereabouts has centered on holdout region like Bani Walid, 90 miles (140 kilometers) southeast of Tripoli.
Friday, Gadhafi holdouts fired mortars and missiles from Bani Walid. Forces of the transitional council unloaded ammunition and ordinance.
Abdel-Razak al-Nazouri, a commander in the region, says: "Our men are preparing for an attack, probably tomorrow."
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PARIS (AP) ' Interpol said Friday it has issued red notices ' its top most-wanted alert ' for the arrest of the former Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi, his son Seif al-Islam and the country's ex-head of military intelligence, Abdullah al-Senoussi.
The move comes in response to a request by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, which is seeking the men for alleged crimes against humanity.
Gadhafi hasn't been seen in public for months and went underground after anti-regime fighters swept into Tripoli on Aug. 21.
Interpol said in a statement Friday it had transmitted the red notices to its 188 member countries. A red notice is the equivalent to being on the Lyon, France-based international police body's most-wanted list.
Friday's statement quotes Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble as calling the notices "a powerful tool" in helping lead to the capture of the Gadhafis and al-Senussi. He added the notices will "significantly restrict the ability of all three men to cross international borders."
The question of Gadhafi's whereabouts has been the subject of extensive speculation in Libya, and rumors have put him everywhere from deep in a bunker under Tripoli to safe in exile in neighboring Niger or Algeria.
On Thursday, Gadhafi himself dismissed talk of his flight, saying in an audio broadcast that he's still in Libya, and exhorting followers to keep fighting.