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Storm kills 3 at Belgian festival

HASSELT, Belgium — A storm swept through a popular open-air music festival in this eastern Belgium town on Thursday killing at least three people and injuring more than 70 others, an official said.

Ambulances and police cars raced to and from the site of the Pukkelpop festival, near the town of Hasselt, 50 miles east of Brussels, late Thursday, their sirens blaring. Concertgoers described scenes of panic as the sky darkened, the winds whipped, rain poured, hailstones nearly half an inch across pelted the crowds, and concert structures buckled.

Hugo Simons, Hasselt's head of emergency medical planning, told VRT radio that three people had died, 11 had been severely injured and 60 had sustained light injuries as a result of the storm.

The three-day festival's lineup features internationally known acts, including Foo Fighters, Eminem and The Offspring.

Bombs hit Tripoli near Gadhafi's compound

TRIPOLI, Libya — At least seven loud blasts were heard in Tripoli early this morning as bombs fell in the vicinity of Moammar Gadhafi's main compound of Bab al-Aziziya.

An Associated Press correspondent staying in a hotel in the capital said he heard the explosions and saw flames as bombs struck. NATO jets were heard circling above.

Residents in Tripoli also told The Associated Press that at least three blasts were heard on the road leading to the airport in the capital.

NATO has been bombarding military targets in Libya since a no-fly zone was instituted in March. That includes areas near and in Gadhafi's sprawling Bab al-Aziziya compound, which is the Libyan leader's main headquarters and acts as a military barracks.

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