Libya government launches second Scud missile

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Posted: Aug 22, 2011 6:54 PM
Libya government launches second Scud missile

U.S. military officials say Libyan government forces have once again fired a Scud missile, but it's unclear where it landed.

The short-range missile was launched from near Sirte, the hometown of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and one of the remaining cities still under his control.

U.S. officials said the Scud was fired around 2:15 p.m. EDT, but they don't know if anyone was hurt. On Aug. 15, Libyan government forces fired a Scud missile for the first time during this year's conflict. It was launched from near Sirte and landed in the desert outside Brega, injuring no one. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss military operations.

Monday's launch came as rebel forces took control of Tripoli, amid continuing questions about where Gadhafi is.