Gaddafi's forces fire Scud missile, no injuries

By REUTERS
August 16, 2011 03:41

 
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WASHINGTON - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces fired a Scud missile for the first time since the uprising against his rule began six months ago, but it landed in the desert and injured no one, a US defense official said on Monday.




The missile was fired on Sunday morning from a location about 50 miles east of Sirte, Muammar Gaddafi's home town, and landed east of the coastal oil town of Brega, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.




It was unclear what Gaddafi might have been targeting, the official said, without speculating about the motives behind a missile launch that came in the wake of recent rebel gains that have increased pressure on the Libyan leader.


Gaddafi's aging stockpile of Soviet-era Scud missiles, which have an estimated range of about 185 miles, were among the earliest targets of the NATO air campaign that began in March.

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