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Gaddafi threatens attacks on mainland Europe

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Gaddafi-2COLONEL Gaddafi has threatened attacks against civilian targets in Europe unless Nato stops its campaign of airstrikes in Libya.


The Libyan leader delivered the sinister message to thousands of supporters gathered in the main square of the capital Tripoli.

The message and the huge rally was designed as a show of strength against the NATO bombardments.

But hours later allied planes struck again and black smoke could be seen rising from the area near the Colonel's Bab al-Aziziya compound.

Gaddafi who has been in hiding since the airstrikes began only delivered his message by telephone, signalling his fears of capture.

Talking about his supporters he said: “These people are able to one day take this battle to Europe, to target your homes, offices, families, which would become legitimate military targets, like you have targeted our homes.

“We can decide to treat you in a similar way. If we decide to, we are able to move to Europe like locusts, like bees. We advise you to retreat before you are dealt a disaster.”

Gaddafi's capability to inflict a conventional strike is thought to be minimal but the leader has a history of supporting terrorist activities.

He has supported the IRA and his regime was to blame for a Berlin disco bombing in 1986 and the downing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people, mostly Americans.

A US State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, said the US would take Gaddafi's threat of attacks seriously, as his regime carried out such actions in the past.

He said: “This is an individual who's obviously capable of carrying these kinds of threats, that's what makes him so dangerous, but he's also someone who's given to overblown rhetoric.”

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