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Canadian warplanes drop 240 'smart bombs' on Libya

Two CF-18 pilots from Canadian Forces 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron in Bagotville, walk across the tarmac at the Birgi NATO Airbase in Trapani, Sicily, March 24, 2011.

TONY GENTILE/Tony Gentile/Reuters

A Canadian Forces spokesman says Canadian warplanes have dropped 240 laser-guided bombs on Libyan targets since March 31.

The information comes from a weekly briefing on Canada's participation in the NATO-led air campaign over Libya.

The spokesman says Canadian CF-18 fighter jets have flown 324 attack missions so far.

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That represents Canada's main contribution to the United Nations-sanctioned international military campaign to protect Libyan citizens from attacks by their leader, Moammar Gadhafi.

The military initially wouldn't reveal how many of the 227-kilogram, laser-guided bombs had been dropped, but relented after reviewing security considerations.

Military officials won't discuss how much those smart bombs cost taxpayers, or how much the entire mission has cost to date.

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