June 12, 2011 / 1:25 PM / 9 years ago

Shelling in Libya's Zintan kills 5-rebel spokesman

ALGIERS (Reuters) - An artillery attack by Libyan government forces on the rebel-controlled town of Zintan killed five people on Sunday, a rebel spokesman in the town said.

“The number of martyrs reached five. Twenty-one were wounded, they are at the hospital. The shelling and fighting are continuing,” the spokesman, called Abdulrahman, said by telephone.

Rebels say forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have been firing shells and Russian-made Grad rockets at the town, in the Western Mountains region southwest of Tripoli, since early on Sunday morning.

Accounts from Zintan could not be independently verified. Officials in Tripoli deny government troops target civilians.

Reporting by Hamid Ould Ahmed; Writing by Christian Lowe

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