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LIBYA: NATO airstrikes hit government buildings in Tripoli, officials say

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Firefighters worked to douse flames as passersby gathered to gawk at the site of a pair of heavily damaged government buildings that Libyan officials said were hit early Tuesday by NATO warplanes.

One building housed a police investigations office whereas the other, just across the street, was known as the Ministry of Popular Inspection and Oversight, a watchdog agency that reviewed complaints of government and private-sector corruption, said Musa Ibrahim, a Kadafi government spokesman.

Flames engulfed both structures, in a residential neighborhood of the capita, as journalists arrived on the scene. Government officials have been busing journalists to sites they say have been hit by NATO warplanes.

On Monday evening, several loud explosions had been heard across Tripoli.

There was no word on casualties at the two sites. NATO had no immediate comment.

Among the watchdog agency’s many files, the Libyan spokesman said, were documents detailing the corruption of ex-regime  officials who have switched sides and joined the rebels fighting to overthrow Moammar Kadafi. The rebel leadership in the eastern city of Benghazi probably convinced NATO to target the ministry in a bid to destroy the evidence, Ibrahim alleged.

“In Benghazi you  are dealing with people you should not trust,” the government spokesman declared in a message directed to NATO.

The files, he said, had survived and would be made available to Western governments if they were interested.

Neither site, the spokesman said, had anything to do with repression of civilians. NATO is bombing Libya under a United Nations mandate to protect civilians from Kadafi’s regime.

As sirens wailed in the early-morning hours, people at the site of the inspection ministry gathered papers — many water-logged from the fire hoses that had been blasted into a courtyard. Some participants shouted pro-government slogans.

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Photo: Firemen and rescue personnel work to put out the flames at the scene of two explosions in Tripoli, Libya. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

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are the americans and nato thinking the world is blind. we know how evil you are and how cruel you become justfying every war in any country that has oil. BAN TO ME YOU ARE EQUALLY EVIL TO THE CORE . FOR YOUR INFO YOUR INTERVENTION CAME AT A TIME WHEN THE REBELS WERE PUSHED AS FAR AS BENGAZI AND THERE WAS AN OPTION FOR THEM TO LEAVE WITHOUT ANY FIGHTS. NATO USES BOMBS THAT ARE JUST DESTROYING WHAT TOOK YEARS TO BUILT EQUALL DETRIMENTAL TO THE LIBYAN POPULATION. I THINK IF THESE COALITION OF FORMER COLONIALISTS IS SO BLINKERED TO THE EXTEND OF WILLFULLY BOMBING TO INSTALL A NEW PUPPET AND INEXPERIENCED GOVT, THEN ITS A NEW FORM OF COLONISATION UNDER THE GUISE OF HUMANITARIAN RESPONSIBILITY.

MS, can you provide link where brega incident is "proven to be categorically false"?

viagra, raping, mass killings, cluster bombs, thousands of mercenaries... remember all that spin around kosovo! remember "cast lead" in gaza strip.

IceT is right.

The lying Nato-USA,they bomb a downtown goverment building but they still lie that they 're not targeting civilians.I wonder if someone bombed a downtown goverment building in America.Would they believe that the person that bombed that building wasn't targeting civilians.

I'm feel fairly certain that NATO had intelligence as to what was operating in those buildings. However, has ANYONE noticed how slow and 'seemingly' inneffective NATO's bombing has been? It's pitiful that the USA doesn't STAND UP and get it over with faster, with our far superior targeting and expertise... No, instead we still spend the money that we would spend even if we were at the Head of the operation.. regardless of Politics (Do you hear me Obama) and the delicate economy. I just say "get'er done" America !

Why is the LA times acting as a mouth piece for Gadaffi?

Documents proving ex-regime members corruption? Really? Stop believing everything Mussa Ibrahim Gaddafi tells you and do some real journalism

In the last week alone Mussa Ibrahim Gaddafi has said that Gaddafi's mercenaries still control Misrata's seaport and airport and that the military bunker hit in Brega was somehow a civilian site (both proven to be categorically false). Stop quoting this liar as a realiable news source.


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