NATO planes attack eight Libyan warships

NATO fighter jets attacked eight warships of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces, NATO said on Friday.

NATO continued its airstrikes against the Libyan government troops with a coordinated strike against Gaddafi's forces in the ports of Tripoli, Al Khums and Sirte, NATO said in a statement.

"Overnight, NATO aircraft hit pro-Gaddafi warships, striking eight vessels," said Rear Admiral Russell Harding, deputy commander of NATO's Libya operations.

NATO said Gaddafi's forces have been laying mines at ports and trying to disrupt humanitarian aid.

Meanwhile, the building of Libya's intelligence agency in Tripoli was bombed early Friday.

Four loud explosions were heard and a Xinhua reporter saw the building of the External Security agency was on fire in the eastern Tajoura district.

Casualties from the latest bombing were not immediately known.

[Source: Xinhua, Brussels, 20May11]

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