Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril has confirmed that Colonel Gaddafi has been killed. The fugitive leader died of wounds sustained in his capture near Sirte.
Gaddafi’s corpse has already been delivered to Misrata, according to Al Arabiya.
TV footage showing anti-Gaddafi fighters dragging the colonel’s body have been shown on Al Jazeera English and several pictures purportedly showing the slain strongman have appeared on the internet. An NTC official confirmed the pictures were real.
The fighters claim they saw Gaddafi get shot dead in his lower body from a rifle. One fighter says he hit Gaddafi with his shoe, which is a grave insult in the Arab world.
There have also been reports that the colonel’s son Motassim has been captured in the fallen stronghold of Sirte. An NTC commander claims he is also dead.
NTC leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil will address the Libyan nation shortly and NTC Deputy Chairman Ghoga is expected to announce the liberation of all of Libya within hours.
A US official has confirmed that the new Libyan leaders have informed Washington that Gaddafi is dead.
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According to Reuters, Gaddafi was wounded and captured near Sirte while trying to flee in a convoy which was attacked by NATO. A NATO official says the alliance is checking reports of Gaddafi’s capture.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has said that the war in Libya is “over.”
The European Union said in a statement that the death of Muammar Gaddafi marks the “end of era despotism.”
A Libyan government fighter says Gaddafi was hiding in a hole in Sirte, shouting “don’t shoot, don’t shoot.”
An NTC official says the head of Gaddafi’s armed forces, Abu Bakr Younus Jabr, was killed during the capture of the Libyan ex-leader.
The news comes shortly after the NTC forces took control over Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte.
On Tuesday, during her visit to Libya, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she hoped Muammar Gaddafi would be captured or killed.
However, pro-Gaddafi media denies the reports that the colonel has been killed as “nothing but rumors.” According to Al-Libiya television website, Muammar Gaddafi “is in good health.” The news outlet also warns against fake pictures of a slain Gaddafi that have appeared in the internet.