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Rebels claim oil terminal victory

Libyan rebels have captured the key oil terminal of Brega from Muammar Gaddafi's troops after three weeks of fighting, a rebel spokesman has said.

Mohammed al-Rijali said: "Brega is liberated."

He said he was with the fighters when they took control of the strategic port earlier on Thursday. He spoke over the telephone from nearby Ajdabiya.

The rebel claim could not be immediately verified.

Brega fell under rebel control briefly in March, but was recaptured by Gaddafi's forces shortly afterwards.

Whoever controls the strategic oil terminal, which is also Libya's second-largest hydrocarbon complex, is in charge of the country's main oil fields.

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