NATO Strike Slams Gadhafi Compound
Offices, library, reception hall destroyed
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2011 2:00 AM CDT
Updated Apr 25, 2011 4:47 AM CDT
Moammar Gadhafi's bomb-damaged office building shows the effects of a NATO airstrike in Bab al-Aziziyah in Tripoli.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A NATO airstrike has seriously damaged Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli, according to officials. Two missiles made direct hits on the Bab al-Azizia complex early today in two of the biggest explosions in the capital to date, reports the BBC. A multi-story library and office and a reception hall for visiting dignitaries were destroyed in the attack. Gadhafi is believed to be holed up elsewhere. Two TV stations briefly went off the air after the ground-shaking blasts.

The attack follows the bombardment yesterday of the western city of Misrata. While Misrata is surrounded by Gadhafi's military, soldiers inside the city are surrounded by rebel fighters, according to a BBC reporter. More than 1,000 have reportedly been killed in the city.