NATO warplanes hit Libyan capital 'command centre'

NATO-led war planes struck the Libyan capital, with the alliance saying they hit a military command centre and the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, saying civilians were targetted.

At least seven powerful explosions were heard around 2:20am local time as state television quoted a military official as saying NATO warplanes "are currently bombing civilian sites in the capital Tripoli."

In Brussels, an Atlantic alliance official said "NATO can confirm that we targetted military objectives in Tripoli this morning," and that the the seven strikes were on a command and control node.

Two more explosions were heard in the same area at about midday.

The attack came after rebel forces said they lost 16 fighters east of Tripoli and that they infiltrated the capital and attacked a regime command post where a son of the strongman was among officials targetted.

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