(AFP) Sayf al-Arab Gaddafi, embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's youngest son, has been killed in an airstrike on Saturday, a government spokesman says.
UPDATE: TRIPOLI - SAYF al-Arab Gaddafi, embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's youngest son, and three of his grandchildren were killed in an airstrike on Saturday, a government spokesman said.
'The house of Mr Sayf al-Arab Muammar Gaddafi ... who is the youngest of the leader's children, was attacked tonight with full power. The leader with his wife was there in the house with other friends and relatives,' Mr Moussa Ibrahim told a news conference in Tripoli early on Sunday morning.
'The attack resulted in the martyrdom of brother Sayf al-Arab Muammar Gaddafi, 29 years old, and three of the leader's grandchildren,' Mr Ibrahim said.
'The leader himself is in good health; he wasn't harmed. His wife is also in good health; she wasn't harmed, (but) other people were injured,' he said.
'This was a direct operation to assassinate the leader of this country.' Mr Ibrahim had earlier taken journalists to the remnants of a house in Tripoli. Given the level of destruction, it is unclear that anyone could have survived, raising the possibility that if Gaddafi was there, he had left beforehand.
Three loud explosions were heard in Tripoli on Saturday evening as jets flew overhead. Volleys of anti-aircraft fire rang out following the first two strikes, which were followed by a third. (AFP)