Tripoli: Libyan leader Muammar
Gaddafi`s office in his immense Tripoli residence was destroyed in an air strike late on Monday.
A Libyan official accompanying journalists at the
scene said 45 people were wounded, 15 seriously, in the
bombing. He added that he did not know whether there were
victims under the rubble.
"It was an attempt to assassinate Gaddafi," he
A meeting room facing Gaddafi`s office was badly
damaged by the blast.
NATO warplanes had already late Friday targeted the
Bab Al-Aziziya district, where the presidential compound is
Heavy explosions shook the centre of Tripoli today
as warplanes overflew the Libyan capital. The blasts, the strongest to have hit the city so far, shook the hotel in which foreign correspondents here are staying not far from downtown.
The explosions came at 12:10 am (2210 GMT
yesterday) in several districts of Tripoli, which has been the
target since Friday of intense NATO raids.
Libyan state television transmissions were briefly
cut off right after the explosions, before resuming a few
An international coalition intervened in Libya on
March 19 under a UN mandate to end the bloody suppression of a
revolt that started in mid-February against the Gaddafi
regime, which has been in power for 41 years.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation took over
command of the military intervention on March 31.