Soldiers flee Libya helicopter strikes
Thursday 11 August 2011
Dramatic video footage shows Muammar Gaddafi's soldiers fleeing as deadly UK Apache attack helicopters carry out daring raids deep inside Libya.
Army pilots used Hellfire missiles and cannon fire to destroy a communications facility and military pick-up trucks overnight on Saturday, the Ministry of Defence said.
Having launched from HMS Ocean, the Apaches targeted a concentration of Gaddafi's troops at Al Watiyah, 40 miles inland from the north-western port of Zuwarah.
Video taken from an on-board camera shows one helicopter destroying three pick-up trucks at a vehicle check point.
The pilot waits to allow the Libyan soldiers to get clear before launching Hellfire missiles at the trucks.
Other clips released by the MoD show the Apaches destroying a truck with a rear-mounted surface-to-air missile launcher and knocking out a military communications centre.
Senior military spokesman Major General Nick Pope said: "These clips show a fraction of what the Apaches accomplished that night.
"Overall, that mission accounted for a communications facility and damaged or destroyed sixteen military vehicles in a fairly small area.
"It will also have had a psychological impact on the former regime elements manning other check points in the area.
"They will have heard the helicopters, seen the explosions and heard soon after from those who fled the scene."
Other footage released by the MoD today shows RAF jets using Paveway guided bombs to target a Libyan tank and a multiple rocket launcher in the eastern town of Brega on Sunday, and a frigate in Tripoli harbour overnight on Monday.
Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy
New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning
Mike Tyson branded 'superhero' after a surprise good turn
Charlie Sheen could be set to revive his role as a hedonistic womaniser
Review: Mike Leigh's biopic is a rambling, rich character study
Want to ward off (or welcome) trick-or-treaters? Here's how
- 1 'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
- 2 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 3 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 4 If you think Russell Brand’s new book is confused, you should read what his critics have to say about it
- 5 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
Halloween 2014: From the Screaming Man of Pluckley to the 'White Lady' of the Tower of London - Britain's 20 most haunted places
Russian politician says Apple CEO Tim Cook should be 'banned' from country after coming out as gay
Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
£20000 - £40000 per annum: Randstad Education Plymouth: Randstad Education Ltd...
£85 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Preston: Randstad Education is urgently...
£20000 - £45000 per annum: Randstad Education Plymouth: Randstad Education Ltd...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Group: Position: Early Years TeacherRequired: J...