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Reports: Qaddafi's Son Killed in NATO Air Strike

Libyan leader el-Muammar Qaddafi.(Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)

April 30, 2011

The son of Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi was killed in a NATO air strike in Tripoli, according to media reports on Saturday.

Saif el-Arab el-Qaddafi, 29, the youngest of the Libyan dictator's six sons was killed when the villa, also occupied by the Libyan leader, was hit, the BBC and others reported.

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A spokesman for the Libyan government, Moussa Ibrahim, said the elder Qaddafi and his wife were in the house when it was attacked but are in "good health," the BBC reported.

NATO denied that it targeted Qaddafi but said, according to Reuters, that it had launched stikes against military targets in the same area as the bombed site reporters saw.

Al-Jazeera English has a photo of what Libyan state TV says is from the wreckage of the missile attack that killed Qaddafi's son.

In contrast to his brother, Saif el-Islam, Saif el-Arab did not appear to hold as important a stature in the Libyan hieararchy. It is unclear what effect his death will have on the NATO mission in Libya.

With news of the attack on Qaddafi's house reaching Benghazi, the rebel stronghold in eastern Libya, residents there honked horns and fired celebratory gunshots, media reported.

 

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