Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's son Khamis, the leader of one of the country's most elite fighting units, was reportedly killed in a NATO airstrike in Zlitan overnight.
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His death, if true, is a much bigger blow to the Qaddafi regime than that of his brother, Saif al-Arab, who was killed earlier in the war in another NATO airstrike. Saif al-Arab held no significant leadership role, unlike Khamis, the leader of the Khamis Brigade – one of the country's most elite fighting units and most feared elements of Qaddafi's regime.
The rebels say that spies among Qaddafi's forces told them about Khamis's death and that it was confirmed in radio dispatches from Qaddafi's troops that they overheard. More than 30 other people were killed in the strike on a command center for Libyan government troops, Agence France-Presse reports.