Deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi released an audio recording on Thursday that denied speculation he had fled into neighbouring Niger. He also called on his supporters to continue their fight against the former rebels who rose against him with NATO’s help in a months-long civil war. In the recording, which was aired on Syrian-based Al-Rai TV, Gadhafi described his opposition as “germs, rats and scumbags.” Later Thursday, Gadhafi loyalists holed up in Bani Walid fired several rockets at the opposition forces that have surrounded the city. Along with Sabha and Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, the city is one of the last strongholds of loyalists to the former dictator. Gadhafi’s precise location remains unknown. Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC), which has been recognized as the country’s legitimate government by several nations, has given Gadhafi’s forces until the weekend to lay down their arms and surrender.