NATO airstrikes hit towns near Tripoli

NATO warplanes conducted bombing raids Tuesday on Khoms and Nalut near the Libyan capital Tripoli, Libyan state TV reported.

There were no immediate reports of casualties. NATO targeted two civilian checkpoints in Khoms, nearly 100 km east of Tripoli.

NATO fighters also raided Tajoura, east of Tripoli, and Nalut in southwestern Libya.

Libyan state TV reported Tuesday that a NATO Apache attack helicopter was shot down in Zlitan, some 160 km east of Tripoli. It was the fifth helicopter reportedly downed since NATO started military operations in Libya in March.

A spokesman for NATO's mission in Libya said later, however, that the alliance lost an unmanned helicopter rather than the Apache.

[Source: Xinhua, Tripoli, 21Jun11]

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