Explosion in Benghazi

Explosion in Benghazi

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Vehicles belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi explode after an air strike by coalition forces, along a road between Benghazi and Ajdabiyah.

"It felt like a giant nuclear attack"
Goran Tomasevic, Reuters Photographer

As we drove out of Benghazi on the main road toward Ajdabiya, I saw smoke and heard explosions nearby. I rushed toward the largest number of destroyed military vehicles and tanks. Several military vehicles along the road were full of munitions and exploding randomly. It was very dangerous.

Every time I went closer to take a photograph, the missiles would explode in my tracks and push me back. At one moment, I thought they had all exploded. I moved closer, just as some of the rebels did. Suddenly, it felt as though one of the many Grad rockets that had been exploding in all directions was chasing me. It felt like a giant nuclear attack.

My animal instinct for survival — and my fast, long legs — took me to safety. I dived into a hole in the sand.

I didn’t know when I took it that this picture would be used everywhere. I knew it was going to be used, because of a story like this but I like more some of the other pictures I took on the same day, with the rebels in the frame. It’s a very simple picture which is why I am surprised it was used so widely.

. Ras Lanuf, Libya. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Rebels hold a young man at gunpoint, who they accuse of being a loyalist to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, between the towns of Brega and Ras Lanuf.

. BIN JAWAD, Libya. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Rebel fighters jump away from shrapnel during heavy shelling by forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi near Bin Jawad.

. BREGA, Libya. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

A rebel holds a rifle as he smokes a cigarette at a checkpoint in Brega.

. RAS LANUF, Libya. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

A rebel fighter fires a rocket-propelled grenade launcher during a battle on the road between Ras Lanuf and Bin Jawad.

. Benghazi, Libya. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Rebel fighters run for cover, as vehicles belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi burn, after an air strike by coalition forces, along a road between Benghazi and Ajdabiyah.