A rebel military spokesman said NATO had hit a military operations centre overnight in the western town of Zliten killing 32, including Khamis, a feared military commander.
“Overnight there was an aircraft attack by NATO on the Kadhafi operations room in Zliten and there are around 32 Kadhafi troops killed. One of them is Khamis,” Mohammed Zawawi, a spokesman for revolutionary militias, told reporters.
Zawawi cited spies operating among Kadhafi’s ranks and intercepted radio chatter as sources.
But a spokesman for Kadhafi’s regime said the claim was untrue.
“Basically the news about the killing of Khamis by a NATO air strike are very dirty lies to cover the murder of civilians in the peaceful city,” said Mussa Ibrahim.
There was no independent verification of Khamis’s death, which has been rumoured a number of times during Libya’s five month-long civil war.From the Naples headquarters of NATO’s Libya operations an official confirmed the alliance’s warplanes had hit at least two targets in Zliten
overnight, but made no comment about the reports of Khamis’s death.
“We are aware of the news reports,” the official told reporters.