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Blast destroys govt buildings

A security services building and the headquarters of Libya's anti-corruption agency were on fire in the capital Tripoli on Tuesday after apparently being hit in NATO air strikes.

world Updated: May 17, 2011 13:29 IST

A security services building and the headquarters of Libya's anti-corruption agency were on fire in the capital Tripoli on Tuesday after apparently being hit in NATO air strikes.

The two buildings on Al-Jumhuriya Avenue are close to the residence of strongman Muammar Gaddafi in an area where two explosions were heard around 1:30 am local time.

At about 3:00 am firefighters were battling to control flames that were tearing through the two facing buildings, said an AFP correspondent who was part of a group of international journalists brought to the area by Libyan authorities.

The head of Libya's Ministry for Inspection and Popular Control, the anti-corruption agency, was at the scene and said that some ministry employees had been injured, but provided no further details.

Three explosions had also been heard at about 2330 IST on Monday in the same area.

Parts of Tripoli have been targeted almost daily by NATO-led strikes launched on March 19 after a UN resolution called for the protection of civilians from Gaddafi's regime.