In an audio recording released today, Muammar Qaddafi denied rumors that he had fled the country and vowed to not leave Libya, Agence France-Presse reports.
In the five-minute-long audio, a man who sounded like Gaddafi denounced reports that he had fled to neighbouring Niger and claimed he is still in Libya.
He called those who ousted him "a bunch of mercenaries, thugs and traitors".
"We are ready to start the fight in Tripoli and everywhere else, and rise up against them," Gaddafi said.
"All of these germs, rats and scumbags, they are not Libyans, ask anyone. They have cooperated with NATO."
He also encouraged his supporters to keep fighting. AFP reports that his loyalists fired rockets Thursday from inside Bani Walid, one of his last remaining strongholds, at anti-Qaddafi fighters in the area surrounding the town.