Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi survived a NATO airstrike in Tripoli late Saturday night that killed his youngest son and three of the ruler’s grandchildren, a Libyan government spokesman confirmed early Sunday. “Tonight and only a short time ago, the Western crusader aggression against the Libyan nation continued and proved again that it has no moral foundation, no legal foundation and no political foundation,” said Moussa Ibrahim, the government spokesman. “The attack resulted in the martyrdom of brother Seif al-Arab Moammar Gaddafi, 29 years old, and three of the leader’s grandchildren.”
According to the AP, Ibrahim said that Gaddafi and his wife, who were in the son’s house along with “friends and relatives,” were not wounded in the attack.
The son who was killed has a lower profile than some of Gaddafi’s other children. Western officials said he made his home in Munich most of the time .
Footage broadcast on the satellite channel Al-Jazeera showed the wreckage of the house.
Celebratory gunfire and explosions could be heard throughout Benghazi, the rebel capital in eastern Libya, and Misrata, a western city that Gaddafi’s tanks have besieged for months.