June 22, 2011 / 11:21 PM / 9 years ago

Libya's Gaddafi accuses NATO of civilian "murders"

Muammar Gaddafi gestures as he speaks at a Tripoli hotel in this still image from a video by Libyan TV released May 11, 2011. REUTERS/Libyan TV via Reuters TV

RABAT (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi accused NATO states of murder in an audio speech broadcast late Wednesday, days after the alliance acknowledged for the first time its bombs may have caused civilian casualties.

“You said, ‘we hit our targets with precision’, you murderers!” he said in a tirade against NATO on state television.

“One day we will respond to you likewise and your homes will be legitimate targets,” he said, warning of war in Europe, the United States and Asia.

The date on the screen was June 22 but Gaddafi referred to a June 19 strike on a house in Tripoli after which NATO regretted civilian casualties as “yesterday’s crime,” suggesting he was speaking on June 20 and raising questions over his location.

Reporting by Joe Nasr in Berlin; editing by Mark John and Elizabeth Fullerton

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