Last updated: 8 June, 2011

Fresh blasts shake area around Kadhafi’s residence

Powerful explosions early Wednesday shook the area around the residence of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi in the centre of Tripoli that had been targeted Tuesday by dozens of raids.

Loud blasts were heard in the district around 1:45 am (2345 GMT Tuesday). A little later the city was shaken by more powerful explosions.

On Tuesday, in one of the heaviest bombardments of the air war so far NATO-led warplanes carried out some 60 strikes on Tripoli, killing 31 people, Libyan government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim said.

A main target was Kadhafi’s compound which has been targeted regularly since the start of the international military intervention on March 19, and most of the buildings in the Bab al-Aziziya complex have been flattened.