The site of an aerial bombardment west of Libya’s capital is being said by NATO to have been a legitimate military control target. But Tripoli said that 19 civilians were killed in the bombing.
Libyan officials took journalists to Surman, where they said NATO tried to kill a senior member in Muammar Gaddafi’s Command Council — but failed.
NATO states have been hitting targets in Libya since March 19 in what they say is an operation to protect civilians.
The alliance said it does not target specific individuals.
Journalists were also shown nine bodies, and body parts, including those of two children, at a nearby hospital where wounded were also being treated.
NATO acknowledged on Sunday for the first time that a strike mistakenly killed civilians in Tripoli.