Rebels seize rifles from armory in Gaddafi compound

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Posted: Aug 24, 2011 12:25 PM
Rebels seize rifles from armory in Gaddafi compound

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

One fighter, in jubilant mood, shouted "It is over, Gaddafi 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-Gaddafi snipers were still firing at the advancing rebels, the witness said.

(Reporting by Peter Graff, editing by Tim Pearce)