SIRTE: Fighting erupted last night between troops of Libya's new rulers and diehards of Muammar Gadaffi near the port of Sirte, the hometown of the former strongman. "Our forces are fighting near the port to take control of it," said Commander Mustafa bin Dardef of the Zintan brigade which is attached to the National Transitional Council, the new ruling body of Libya. The capturing of the port would be a big victory for the anti-Gadaffi forces, Dardef said, adding that there was demand for more troops to back the fighters clashing with Gadaffi supporters.
Meanwhile, interim Justice Minister Mohammed Al Alagi said the new rulers plan to abolish the state security courts used by Gadaffi to imprison political dissidents. He also said the case is closed on the 1988 Lockerbie airplane bombing, after Scotland said it has asked Libya's new authorities for help to catch those responsible for the bombing.