Libyan government denies death of Gadhafi son

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TRIPOLI, LIBYA (AP) -- A senior Libyan government official has
denied rebel reports that Moammar Gadhafi's youngest son was killed in a NATO airstrike on the western town of Zlitan.

Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim says Khamis Gadhafi is alive
and spoke to Libyan government officials to confirm his well-being.

Rebels in the Eastern opposition stronghold of Benghazi have
said that Khamis was among 33 troops killed in a NATO strike early
Friday on a government operations center in Zlitan.

NATO says there was bombing around Zlitan on Thursday. An
alliance spokesman in Brussels said Friday that NATO could not
confirm the report of Khamis' death.

Zlitan is 90 miles southeast of Tripoli. Khamis runs Libya's 32nd brigade, which has been fighting the rebels in Zlitan.

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