Libya’s state television aired audio tape comments it said were by leader Moammar Gadhafi in which he taunted NATO as a cowardly crusader whose bombs could not reach him.
The remarks were aired late Friday after Italy’s foreign minister said Gadhafi had very likely left tripoli and probably been injured by NATO air strikes, a claim Gadhafi government dismissed.
“I tell the cowardly crusader that I live in a place they cannot reach and where you cannot kill me,” said the Libyan ruler. “Even if you kill the body you will not be able to kill the soul that lives in the hearts of millions,” he said, adding he had received a “massive” number of calls after a NATO air strike on his Bab al-Aziziyah compound in Tripoli on Thursday.
Government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim said Gadhafi was unharmed and in Tripoli.