Photo. Gaddafi confirmed dead
Just across the wires, Gaddafi has been confirmed dead. Photo. Video footage of body.
Al Jazeera: Abdul Hakim Belhaj, a NTC military chief, has confirmed that Muammar Gaddafi has died of his wounds after being captured near Sirte.
Abdul Hakim Belhaj, a NTC military chief, has confirmed that Muammar Gaddafi has died of his wounds after being captured near Sirte.
Another NTC commander said that Moussa Ibrahim, former spokesman for Muammar Gaddafi’s fallen government, was captured near the Sirte.
Abdul Hakim Al Jalil, commander of the 11th brigade, also said he had seen the body of the chief of Gaddafi’s armed forces, Abu Bakr Younus Jabr.
“I’ve seen him with my own eyes,” he said and showed Reuters a picture of Jabr’s body.
US News and Government still reporting as “Unconfirmed”. Photo taken of celebration:
Libyans exploded in excitement on Thursday afternoon at reports that Muammar Gaddafi had been captured in his home town of Sirt, where rebels have fought a grueling battle for weeks to crush his remaining armed loyalists.
As television broke on news that Sirt had finally fallen to the rebel forces, gunfire begun resounding around the capital. About 20 minutes later came the news, from a rebel commander in Sirt, that Gaddafi had been captured hiding in a hole in the coastal city, Gaddafi’s home town about 230 miles east along the Mediterranean. In this city of two million people, thousands of people poured into the streets, firing guns in the air. The ships in Tripoli harbor blared their horns for more than an hour, and the mosques played prayers praising Allah, over the deafening noise of car horns. Crowds of people converged on the seafront to move towards Martyrs Square in the heart of the capital, where only two months ago, Gaddafi’s supporters held continual demonstrations in support of the dictatorship.
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