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Gaddafi’s son, 3 grandchildren killed in attack
Tripoli, May 1 (IANS):
Published on 2 May. 2011 12:48 AM IST
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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his wife survived a NATO air strike that killed his youngest son Saif al-Arab Gaddafi and three grandchildren. Missiles struck the Tripoli residence of Gaddafi’s most low profile son which the Libyan leader was visiting at 8 p.m. Saturday, causing extensive damage, media reports said.
Libyan government spokesman Mossa Ibrahim said the raid -- the roaring explosion was heard in a large area -- killed al-Arab Gaddafi, 29, and the three grandchildren. The Libyan leader and his wife were in good health, he said, accusing the NATO of trying to assassinate Gaddafi in violation of international law. The three-storey building in Bab al-Azizya neighbourhood was partially destroyed.
A part of the roof caved in, leaving mangled rods of reinforcing steel hanging down among splintered chunks of concrete, Xinhua reported.
When a Xinhua reporter visited the site, no bodies were to be seen. Libyan officials said three missiles hit the house. Two exploded while the third lay in one of the rooms.
The air strike sparked mass protests on the streets in Libya, which Gaddafi continues to control despite a revolt against his leadership that has led to a part of his country falling into rebel hands.
NATO said it did stage airstrikes on Tripoli but would not confirm the Libyan claim about the deaths and the assassination attempt. “NATO continued its precision strikes against Gaddafi regime military installations in Tripoli overnight, including striking a known command and control building in the Bab al-Azizya neighborhood shortly after 1800 GMT Saturday evening,” NATO said in a statement.

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