British forces fire missiles at Gaddafi stronghold

British military officials on Friday confirmed that RAF Tornado GR4s struck a military facility in Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's stronghold of Sirte.

The Defense Ministry said in a statement that "a formation of Tornado GR4s fired a salvo of Storm Shadow precision-guided missiles against a large headquarters bunker" in Sirte.

The bunker housed a command and control center. There is no indication that Gaddafi was in Sirte or in the bunker itself at the time of the attack.

British Defense Secretary Liam Fox was quoted as saying that "it's not a question of finding Gaddafi, it's ensuring the regime does not have the capability to continue waging war against its own people."

"The attack that we launched on the bunker in Sirte last night was to make sure that there was no alternative command and control should the regime try to leave Tripoli."

As events in Tripoli continue to unfold, with reports of fighting continuing, as well as members of Libya's National Transitional Council beginning to move into the city, it has been announced that an international conference on Libya co-chaired by British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy will be held in Paris next week.

[Source: Xinhua, London, 26Aug11]

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