Rebels take oil town
REBELS have routed forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi out of the key eastern oil town of Ras Lanuf and were pursuing them further west. ‘‘ The town is entirely in rebel hands,’’ an AFP correspondent reported yesterday. ‘‘ They are manning checkpoints in and out of the city and are pursuing Gaddafi forces west.’’ Ras Lanuf is 370 kilometres west of Benghazi and 210km from Ajdabiya, the first town to fall back into rebel hands on Saturday a week into allied air strikes. Earlier yesterday, reporters confirmed insurgents had also retaken Brega.