Embattled Libyan despot Moammar Khadafy's youngest son and three of his grandchildren were killed Saturday in a NATO airstrike, officials said.
Sayf al-Arab Khadafy, 29, and the three unidentified grandchildren were inside a large residential villa in Tripoli when it was hit.
Khadafy was also inside the building at the time of the attack, but escaped uninjured, a Libyan government spokesman said.
Spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said the villa was attacked "with full power."
"This was a direct operation to assassinate the leader of this country," Ibrahim told the BBC.
"The leader with his wife was there in the house with other friends and relatives. The leader himself is in good health, he wasn't harmed."
NATO warplanes pounded Libyan targets Saturday after Khadafy called for a ceasefire but refused to step down.
Is Khadafy and his son a murderer?
Should the United States be leading the NATO effort to murder him?
Uh, I can think of better things we could be doing with our time and resources.
But one corporatist president has replaced another and this is all about hanging onto the vestiges of empire.
Hope President Accountability and his kids sleep well tonight in the bosom of that empire.
Maybe they'll go and take a look at his Nobel Peace Prize tomorrow.