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Libyan officials say 15 civilians, including three children, were killed in a NATO attack on a building west of the capital, Tripoli.

The alliance acknowledged its warplanes hit the town of Sorman, but insisted the target was military.

Reporters were shown a destroyed country estate belonging to Khuwildi Hemidi, a member of the Libyan Revolutionary Command Center, the inner circle of government.

Reporters were also taken to a hospital, where an AFP correspondent saw nine bodies and body parts.

The Libyan claim of civilian deaths came just hours after NATO acknowledged that a "weapons failure" may have led to civilian casualties in a residential neighborhood of Tripoli.

Reporters were shown the bodies of five of the nine people Libyan officials said were killed in that strike.

compiled from agency reports

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