NATO Strikes Destroy Gaddafi Residential Compound

NATO Strikes Destroy Gaddafi Residential CompoundTripoli, Apr. 25. -At least 45 people were injured by NATO air strikes on a residential compound belonging to Muammar Gaddafi on Monday, an action considered by the government as "an attempt to kill" the Libyan leader.

The attack early Monday morning targeted the Bab Al-Aziziyah residential compound and may have killed three people, according to reports by Al Jazeera television, but no official confirmation had been made.

Government sources said at least 15 to 45 people were seriously injured, and did not rule out possible deaths from the bombings.

Various victims were still under the rubble of the destroyed buildings.

NATO fighter jets flew over different parts of the capital, sparking numerous fires in downtown Tripoli and activating antiair defense, Al Arabiya television reported.

The attacks also damaged Libyan state television facilities and three public television signals were interrupted as a result of the explosions.

Days earlier, U.S. authorities urged NATO to attack Libyan state television to cut off communication between the Gaddafi government and the rest of the world, including the Libyan population.

Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said the Monday air strike was "an attempt to kill Gaddafi" and called upon the UN and NATO to propitiate a dialogue among Libyans, instead of causing more violence. (Prensa Latina)