March 21, 2011 / 2:37 PM / 8 years ago

UK armed forces head says Gaddafi not a target

LONDON, March 21 (Reuters) - Western military powers are not directly targeting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in air strikes to enforce a United Nations resolution, the head of Britain’s armed forces said on Monday.

“Absolutely not. It’s not allowed under the UN resolution and it’s not something I want to discuss any further,” General David Richards told the BBC.

Officials in the Libyan capital Tripoli said a missile intended to kill Gaddafi had destroyed a building in his fortified compound over night.

Defence Secretary Liam Fox signalled on Sunday that Gaddafi was potentially a target, while Foreign Secretary William Hague declined to be drawn on the issue when he spoke to BBC radio on Monday.

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