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LIBYA: Moammar Kadafi's son denies civilians targeted for bombing

February 21, 2011 |  2:27 pm

Longtime Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi's son has denied reports that Libyan war planes bombed civilians in Tripoli and Benghazi, according to Libyan state television.

Seif Islam said the pilots' targets were ammunition depots in remote areas, according to state television reports.

Meanwhile, a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly gave a conflicting report to CNN, saying Libya has used "aviation assets" to attack protesters on the outskirts of Tripoli. The official could not be more specific about the "assets," but some reports from Libya have indicated helicopter gunships have been used.

--  Molly Hennessy-Fiske