A Libyan rebel spokesman says his side has unconfirmed reports that Muammar Qadhafi’s youngest son has been killed in a NATO airstrike on the western town of Zlitan.

Mohammad al-Rajali says rebel reports have Khamis Gadhafi as being among 33 troops killed in a NATO strike early on Friday on a government operations centre in Zlitan.

Officials in the Libyan capital Tripoli could not be reached for comment.

NATO says there has been bombing around Zlitan on Thursday. An alliance spokesman in Brussels said on Friday that NATO could not verify the report.

Zlitan is 90 miles (140 kilometres) southeast of Tripoli. Khamis runs Libya’s 32nd Brigade, which has been fighting the rebels in Zlitan.

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