June 10, 2011 / 12:48 PM / 8 years ago

NATO denies helicopter shot down in Libya

BRUSSELS/CAIRO (Reuters) - NATO denied on Friday a Libyan state television report that Libyan forces shot down a NATO helicopter in the sea off the coast of the town of Zlitan.

A military official at the headquarters of NATO’s Libya mission in Naples said: “We have no indication to show that this is true. It’s a spurious claim.”

Libyan state television quoted a military spokesman as saying it was the third aircraft to be shot down by Libyan forces since NATO began air strikes on Libya in March.

Reporting by David Brunnstrom and Ahmed Tolba; Writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Alison Williams

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