03 Apr '11, 3am

NATO frets at report of civilian deaths in Libya raid

NATO frets at report of civilian deaths in Libya raid

BREGA, Libya - NATO is looking into reports of civilian deaths in a coalition air strike near Brega after rebels claimed victory in the battle for the key Libyan oil town. A rebel spokesman in the town of Misrata, 214 kilometres east of Tripoli, also reported fierce fighting there on Saturday. Meanwhile, Scottish detectives and prosecutors plan to meet with Foreign Office officials Monday to discuss Libyan foreign minister Mussa Kussa, who defected to Britain, as part of the Lockerbie bombing probe. In Libya, the chief rebel spokesman told reporters that coalition warplanes had killed 13 people, four of them civilians, in an air raid some 15 kilometres east of Brega on Friday. "Thirteen dead, seven injured by friendly fire. It was a regrettable occurrence," Abdulhafiz Ghoga said, calling them "unintentional deaths". "The leadership is working on preventing a re-occurrence....

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