Civilians killed in NATO strike: Libyan state TV

10:24, April 13, 2011      

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A boy carrying a gun talks to his buddies at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Benghazi, Libya, April 12, 2011. Many residents in the war-torn city fled their homes to escape from the violence which broke out in Benghazi. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)

A NATO air strike on the town of Kikla, south of the capital Tripoli, killed a number of civilians, said Libya's state-run TV on Tuesday.

"A bombardment by the crusaders' colonial aggression yesterday struck members of the public security force in charge of organizing road traffic and checking identities," the Al- Jamahiriya channel said in a written newsflash.

"All the security force members as well as a number of children, women and men were martyred in the attack," it added.

Kikla, controlled by pro-Gaddafi troops, lies more than 100 km south of Tripoli.

The channel gave no details on the number of casualties in the incident on Monday.

NATO formally took over full command and control of military operations against Libya from the U.S. on March 31.

Meanwhile, pro-Gaddafi forces launched attacks on Libyan rebels, shelling their positions in Ajdabiyah. But the rebels said they have repulsed the attacks and have the city under their control.
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