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NATO airstrikes can't harm Gaddafi in his 'nuke attack proof bunker': Libyanofficial

June 8, 2011 - Tripoli

A Libyan official has claimed that Gaddafi will be 'safe' despite being attacked by NATO airstrikes because he is hiding in a bunker that has the capability to withstand a nuclear attack.

"Do you think he will not be keeping safe? His bunker is reinforced against nuclear attack. Nato air strikes cannot damage it," The Telegraph quoted the official, as saying.

Meanwhile, Gaddafi has claimed in a televised audio broadcast that he would remain in his 'land dead or alive' after a number of low-flying NATO jets attacked his compound.

"We have only one choice: we will stay in our land dead or alive. We will not kneel! We will not surrender: we only have one choice - to the end! Death, victory, it does not matter, we are not surrendering! We are stronger than your weapons, than your planes. The voices of the Libyan people are stronger than the sounds of explosions," he said.

Twenty-seven heavy blasts were heard from the centre of the city during the day, and Libyan officials confirmed that both Bab al-Azizia, the Gaddafi regime's residence and office compound, and the neighbouring Compound 77, home to a militia brigade and used as a vehicle storage facility, were repeatedly hit.

Reports have suggested that the attacks may be aimed at encouraging more of Gaddafi's loyalists to defect from his regime.

Five generals, Oil Minister Shukri Ghanem, and Labour Minister Al-Amin Manfur have fled in recent days.

British ministers believe the end of the conflict will come when his inner circle turns against him. Hague told the House of Commons today that the regime was "isolated and on the defensive".


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