The Libyan government has denied a rebel claim that another one of Colonel Gaddafi’s sons has been killed in a NATO raid.
The source had said that Khamis Gaddafi was one of 32 people who died in an air strike in the western city of Zlitan. But the government said the rebels made up the story to cover up the killing of a Libyan family in the city.
Khamis, the youngest of Gaddafi’s seven sons, is head of Libya’s 32nd Brigade. The unit has been fighting in Zlitan, between rebel-held Misrata and the capital Tripoli.
At the age of three Khamis was injured during the US bombing of Tripoli in 1986.
Earlier this year the Libyan government said another son, Saif al-Arab, had died in a NATO air strike.