Thursday, October 20, 2011

Qaddafi dead of wounds suffered in his capture

BULLETIN: According to NATO commanders and the Libyan Prime Minister, reports of Col. Moammar Qaddafi's death have been confirmed. He was killed after a NATO air strike against the convoy in which he fled his home town of Sirte early this morning. - The Legendary

Al Arabiyah unconfirmed news report:

Former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi died of wounds suffered on Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eight-month uprising against his rule overran his hometown of Sirte, Libya’s interim rulers said. 

“We announce to the world that Qaddafi has been killed at the hands of the revolution,” Abdel Hafez Ghoga, a spokesman for the National Transitional Council said.

“It is a historic moment. It is the end of tyranny and dictatorship. Qaddafi has met his fate,” he added.

Al Arabiya reported that the body of the deposed Libyan leader had arrived in Misrata and was placed in the Tunisians’ Market.

Al Arabiya said it would be allowed to film the corpse. The network was citing its correspondent. Al Arabiya and other networks earlier broadcast a photograph that the interim government confirmed was the body of Qaddafi.

Qaddafi’s death, which came swiftly after his capture near Sirte, is the most dramatic single development in the Arab Spring revolts that have unseated rulers in Egypt and Tunisia and threatened the grip on power of the leaders of Syria and Yemen.

“He [Qaddafi] was also hit in his head,” National Transitional Council official Abdel Majid Mlegta told Reuters. “There was a lot of firing against his group and he died.”

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