Car bomb hits rebel leaders' hotel in Libya
A car bomb exploded outside a hotel used by rebel leaders in the Libyan city of Benghazi as more airstrikes were carried out against the regime of Moamer Gaddafi, media reports said Thursday.
The blast late Wednesday hit the Tibesti hotel, which is used by officials of the Transitional National Council, journalists and foreign diplomats, the broadcaster Al Jazeera reported.
"This act of terrorism shows, once again, the irresponsible and criminal nature of Gaddafi's regime," said Abdul Jalil, chairman of the Transitional National Council, dpa reported.
"No terrorist act can reverse the path towards freedom, democracy and human rights in Libya, which is chosen by the people of Libya and supported by the international community."
There were no immediate reports of injuries in the bombing, according to hotel staff. The bomb was planted in car, a police officer said. It exploded when council members were holding a press conference.
There were further reports of airstrikes in the Libyan capital early Thursday but no immediate details of any damage caused.
NATO said Wednesday it would extend its bombing campaign for another 90 days following a meeting in Brussels.
Ten weeks of airstrikes against the Gaddafi regime have failed to dislodge him from power.