Tragic news follows the liberation of the town of Badr.
Freedom fighters have made several strategic gains this week, advancing in all fronts across the country including Al-Zawiyah, Gheryan, and Brega.
Today, August 17, 2011, the northwestern town of Badr was liberated in a collective effort by freedom fighters from four brigades including the Tripoli Brigade, Nalut Brigade, Kabaw Brigade, and the Jadu Brigade.
After this victory, a tragic incident occured when NATO fired four rockets on vehicles carrying freedom fighters along the eastern coastal road from Badr. This occurred between 3:30 and 4:00 pm local time (GMT +2), when freedom fighters from the Jadu Brigade left Badr in 4 vehicles carrying 14.5 mm heavy weaponry and three to four passengers in each vehicle.
NATO aircrafts struck the vehicles with four rockets killing ten of the freedom fighters and four leaders.
Things don’t add up.
No presence of Gaddafi forces were detected anywhere near the vehicles as freedom fighters of the Jadu Brigade were travelling east on a road already secured by the freedom fighters.
Reasons for NATO’s actions are unclear. NATO have yet to release details or a statement of apology to the families of the fallen freedom fighters.
The names of the fallen freedom fighters are:
- Adel Yousef Bujnaah
- Ahmed Sasi Bujnaah
- Osama Gudwaar
- Khalid Busalgha (Khalid Magurah)
- Ashraf Taajir
- Hatim Bu Zina
**The names of two freedom fighters have yet to be released and the remaining 2 bodies were rendered unrecognizable.
In addition to the freedom fighters, Khalid Bufalgha,one of the four civil leaders hit in the NATO strikes was also killed. He was a military leader of 150 freedom fighters and led them in battles in Sabratah, Al-Zawiya, and Surman.
The destroyed weaponry make up 80% of the arms available to the Jadu Brigade. This has been a great loss for the families of Jadu and a great set back for the Jadu Brigade.
It was also reported that the green flag was waving on top of a Libyana telephone tower in the town of Badr which may explain NATO’s choice to target the four vehicles leaving the city. Our source informs us that although the city of Badr had been liberated, the freedom fighters had not yet cleared the city of pro-Gaddafi paraphernalia. The freedom fighters ask for NATO’s cooperation and allow more time for them to clear towns and cities they capture.
The families of Jadu demand a formal apology from NATO and full details on today’s incident.
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