Reports: Gaddafi captured and killed in Sirte

Libya’s National Transitional Council claim to have captured and killed Colonel Gaddafi in the town of Sirte, however this is yet to be confirmed.

 

[Warning: Some people may find the below image distressing]

Reuters news agency reports that the country’s former leader has died as a result of wounds suffered during his capture.

The news agency originally reported that Gaddafi was captured but was still alive.

“He’s captured. He’s wounded in both legs … He’s been taken away by ambulance,” the senior NTC military official Abdel Majid told Reuters by telephone. However this was later updated, saying that he had died of his wounds.

The NTC will be making an official announcement shortly.

It is thought Gaddafi was trying to flee in a convoy that was attacked by NATO when he was captured by the NTC.

Majid told Reuters that the head of Gaddafi’s armed forces Abu Bakr Younus Jabr was also killed during the capture of the Libyan ex-leader who was apparantly wearing a khaki uniform and wearing a turban.

Majid added that NATO warplanes struck the convoy and hit four cars as it  headed west and that Ahmed Ibrahim, a cousin and adviser of Gaddafi, was also  captured.

A conflicting report from an NTC fighter claims that Gaddafi was found hiding in a hole in Sirte, shouting “don’t shoot, don’t shoot”.

In the capital Tripoli, sounds of gun shots were heard and people cheered in the street: “God is Great, God is Great, Gaddafi has been captured.”

Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to make a statement shortly while the US state department says it cannot confirm media reports of Gaddafi’s capture or death.

The below AFP Getty image, allegedly taken from a camera phone, appears to show Muammar Gaddafi covered in blood.

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