UPDATE 2-Libya says civilians killed in strike; NATO denies

Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:38pm GMT

* State TV channel says women and children among the dead

* NATO says the Libyan accusation is "misinformation"

* Rebel says strike destroyed pro-Gaddafi tanks (Updates with NATO denial, rebel spokesman)

RABAT, April 12 (Reuters) - Libya's state-run television said on Tuesday that a NATO air strike on the town of Kikla, south of the capital Tripoli, killed a number of civilians but NATO said the report was misinformation.

"A bombardment by the crusaders' colonial aggression yesterday struck members of the public security force in charge of organising road traffic and checking identities," the Al-Jamahiriya channel said in a written newsflash.

"All the security force members as well as a number of children, women and men were martyred in the attack."

Kikla lies more than 100 km (60 miles) south of Tripoli. Al-Jamahiriya gave no details on the number of casualties in the incident on Monday.

Speaking at a briefing in Brussels, Brigadier-General Mark van Uhm, of NATO's military staff, said there was an air strike on Monday in the Kikla region but it was 21 km from the town and the target was two tanks.

"This differs significantly from what the Libyan state television reported, because they reported an armed strike in the town. So it's reasonable to assess that this report is a misinformation," van Uhm said.   Continued...

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