NATO denies claims


NATO came under verbal fire again on Saturday from Moamer Gaddafi’s regime, which accused it of killing 15 more people in strikes on civilian sites in the eastern city of Brega, a claim promptly denied by the alliance. Meanwhile, three powerful explosions struck the eastern Tripoli suburb of Tajura, where a number of military installations are located, and columns of smoke could be seen from the centre of the capital, AFP correspondents said. It was not immediately known if the blasts were the result of an attack by NATO, which has repeatedly targeted the area in the past. And in a likely propaganda coup against Gaddafi in football-mad Libya, 17 of the country’s top players, including national goalkeeper Juma Gtat, have defected to rebels battling to oust him, the BBC reported.