Gaddafi forces bomb arms store in Benghazi: rebels

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 18, 2011 4:09 PM
Gaddafi forces bomb arms store in Benghazi: rebels

RAJMA, Libya (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi bombed an arms depot on the outskirts of Libya's second city of Benghazi in the east of the country, Mustafa Gheriani, a spokesman for the rebel February 17th Coalition, told Reuters.

The area around the arms depot at Rajma near Benghazi was cordoned off by rebel security forces. There was a strong smell of smoke and at least eight ambulances were seen ferrying casualties from the scene, a Reuters witness said.

"A lot of people have been killed. There are many people in the hospital. No one can approach, It's still very dangerous," said a resident who would only identify himself as Saleh.

He said he did not know what had caused the fire.

Another resident, who identified himself as Miftah, said a fire engine was destroyed by the conflagration and houses collapsed nearby.

It was one of biggest weapons depots in Benghazi region. The resident, who works at a power station nearby, said windows were broken by the explosion several km (miles) away. "The fire is still raging and we fear more explosions," Miftah said.

(Reporting by Tom Pfeiffer, editing by Peter Millership/Tom Perry)