Nato strike 'kills Saif al-Arab Gaddafi', Libya says

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    A Nato air strike in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, has killed the son of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, a government spokesman has said.
    Colonel Gaddafi himself was in the large residential villa which was hit by the strike, the spokesman added, but was unharmed.
    His son Saif al-Arab was said to be dead, as well as three grandchildren.
    Nato has confirmed the air strike, without denying or confirming the reported deaths.
    A Nato spokesman said the strike had hit a "known command-and-control building in the Bab al-Aziziya neighbourhood".
    "All Nato's targets are military in nature... We do not target individuals," said Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard.
    He said that he was aware of reports that members of Col Gaddafi's family had been killed, but made no further comment.
    "We regret all loss of life, especially the innocent civilians being harmed as a result of the ongoing conflict," said Lt-Gen Bouchard.

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    At the scene

    Christian Fraser BBC News, Tripoli

    Earlier this evening we heard three enormous explosions to the west of the city. Normally we are taken to the bomb sites within an hour, but tonight there were a lot of concerned faces around the hotel, a lot of whispering and secrecy.
    Two hours later we were eventually brought to the villa, which was surrounded by reinforced concrete, cameras, and military positions. This is clearly an exclusive neighbourhood. Inside, total destruction.
    There were signs there had been a family gathering. There were no bodies in the house, they had been removed, and we are reliant on the government's account of what happened.
    It's hard to imagine that anyone could have escaped unscathed, though according to the government spokesman the Libyan leader and his wife were present and are safe and well. But there's no independent evidence they were there.
    Journalists taken to the site of the air strike said the building was extensively damaged and one unexploded bomb remains at the site.
    Saif al-Arab, who had a lower profile than his brother Saif al-Islam, had been studying in Germany and returned to Libya recently.
    Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said the villa in which he was killed was attacked "with full power".
    "The attack resulted in the martyrdom of brother Saif al-Arab Muammar Gaddafi, 29 years old, and three of the leader's grandchildren," he said.
    "The leader with his wife was there in the house with other friends and relatives. The leader himself is in good health - he wasn't harmed." Col Gaddafi's wife was also unharmed, he said.
    "This was a direct operation to assassinate the leader of this country," the spokesman added.
    There has been no independent confirmation of the deaths.

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