September 9, 2011 / 1:44 PM / 8 years ago

NATO says destroys two Scud missiles in Libya

BRUSSELS, Sept 9 (Reuters) - NATO air strikes in Libya destroyed two Scud missiles, part of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi’s arsenal, the military alliance said on Friday.

“Over the last 24 hours, NATO intelligence revealed the presence of two Scud missiles in the vicinity of Bani Walid,” NATO spokesman Colonel Roland Lavoie said in a statement.

“Therefore, at approximately 0600 hours ... NATO aircraft conducted a precision strike against the warehouse hiding the missiles. The strike was successful and the missiles were destroyed,” he said.

Forces loyal to Gaddafi have fired the Soviet-made Scuds during Libya’s civil war, and NATO has targeted the rockets in the past.

The military alliance says the highly inaccurate rockets pose a serious threat to civilians in Libya, but do not have significant military potential.

Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Rex Merrifield

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