Libya rebels say NATO strike kills Qaddafi’s son

Published: August 5, 2011
Smoke billows from Tajura, a suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli, as powerful explosions struck the eastern district which is the site of a number of military installations on August 4, 2011. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Smoke billows from Tajura, a suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli, as powerful explosions struck the eastern district which is the site of a number of military installations on August 4, 2011. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

BENGHAZI: Libya’s rebel forces on Friday said an overnight NATO strike on an operations centre in the western town of Zliten has killed Moammar Qaddafi’s son Khamis, and more than 30 other people.

Citing spies operating among Qaddafi’s ranks, Mohammed Zawawi, a spokesman for revolutionary militia groups, told AFP that Khamis was among the dead.

“Overnight there was a aircraft attack by NATO on the Qaddafi operations room in Zliten and there are around 32 Qaddafi troops killed. One of them is Khamis,” said Zawawi, a spokesman for the United Revolutionary Forces.

Rebels said their own operations room in eastern Libya had also intercepted radio chatter indicating Qaddafi’s son had been killed.

There was no independent verification of his death, which has been rumoured a number of times during Libya’s five month-long civil war.

At the Naples headquarters of NATO’s Libya operations, an official asked about the claim, said: “We’re looking into it.”

Khamis, who has long led pro-government militia fighters, was said to be commanding the battle for Zliten, a Qaddafi bastion that has halted the rebel advance on Tripoli.

The 28-year-old who was trained at a Russian military academy, commands the eponymous, and much feared, Khamis Brigade – one of Qaddafi’s toughest fighting units.

The strike appears to have come just hours after Tripoli took journalists on an escorted tour of the centre of Zliten, an effort to rubbish rebel claims the town was under attack.

Fighters from the rebel enclave of Misrata, 60 kilometres to the east, announced this week they had made progress in Zliten, a strategic coastal town on the road to Tripoli.

But authorities in Tripoli quickly denied that, saying they controlled the entire town.

On Thursday an AFP journalist saw the town centre was in the hands of regime forces, although intensive artillery fire was heard in the distance.

Residents said the frontline is located at a distance of 10 to 15 kilometres east of the city centre while rebel official said they control three neighbourhoods in the town’s east.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Joseph Zrnchik
    Aug 5, 2011 - 2:27PM

    Western Media Humiliated By Rebel Lies

    Lockerbie Bombing an Iranian Operation – Not Libyan


  • Gavan
    Aug 5, 2011 - 2:35PM

    So how exactly is THIS policing a ‘no fly zone’? Or have we all forgotten that little gem?
    Nah, we all know they’re criminals now. No point making a fuss. Right?


  • Junaid
    Aug 5, 2011 - 2:59PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un (إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ)


  • khalid
    Aug 5, 2011 - 3:48PM

    It is high time that these Americans alongwith rest of their European allies should leave the poor Lybians and let them live a respectable life under their brave, morally upright and ancestral leader, Moammar Qadafi. I personally feel this small state has exposed the universal fraud named “Democracy”, a tricky tool with which the Zaionists have disposed off the ancestral, graceful and reliable leadership from the people and put absurd people like Tony Blair, Henri Kesingar. Street gangsters like Abraham Licon and Lenin an abused Bank robber organized their gangs in all the countries, who exploited the general public against their rulers in the name of Democracy and Communism.
    Communism has been defeated by the Afghans and it has met its fate. Now Qadafi has thrashed the Abraham Gang, so called Democracy. Rest of the work is being done by Afghanis and Chinese. Recommend

  • Жанна
    Aug 5, 2011 - 4:18PM

    In Libya, the West is digging its own grave.
    This criminal aggression – is a black mark


  • Aug 5, 2011 - 4:27PM

    We need to stop this before the U.S. starts another unconstitutional war again and more of our troops life’s are lost for a no win war.


  • asma riaz
    Aug 5, 2011 - 5:28PM

    The fact that the Western Powers are helping the opposition forces in Libya speaks for itself! that the Western/American agenda is being pursued otherwise they will not help the rebels!! Just wait for the time when the rebels too will be hung like Saddam Hussain, hung like Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, left to die like Mubarak and so many more to name. Just wait for your death at the hands of those you think are your friends!!!!Recommend

  • Aug 5, 2011 - 7:45PM

    NATO terrorism, no wonder why Norway wants to back out.


  • Aug 5, 2011 - 8:01PM

    Wrong,absolutely wrong,
    he alive and fighting war with Nato and rebel forces,
    in favor of his father.

    It is considerable that,before this same news was published
    and televised by some particular quarters to weakening the
    Libyan war leadership resolve.

    There is no reality in the news,he is alive and fighting.


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