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Thursday October 20, 2011 08:19:35 PM, Agencies

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Tripoli: Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled Libya for 42 years after coming to power in a coup, was killed Thursday by National Transitional Council fighters in his hometown Sirte.

 

"We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Gaddafi has been killed," the de facto Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril told reporters in Tripoli.

Abdul Hakim Belhaj, an NTC military chief, said Gaddafi had died of his wounds after being captured near Sirte on Thursday.

Television channels flashed images of a bloodied Gaddafi who was leaning against a fighter.

The commander, Mohemmed Buras Ali Al-Maknee, had earlier said that a group of fighters from the western Libyan city of Misrata captured Gaddafi, who had been severely injured.

He had been injured in both his legs during the fierce battle at Sirte.
 

The body of the former Libyan leader was taken to a location which is being kept secret for security reasons, an NTC official said.

 

"Gaddafi's body is with our unit in a car and we are taking the body to a secret place for security reasons," Mohamed Abdel Kafi, an NTC official in the city of Misrata, told Reuters news agency.

Earlier, Abdel Majid, another NTC official, said the toppled leader had been wounded in both legs.


The fall of Sirte and Gaddafi's death brought an end to a tumultuous period in Libya which witnessed an uprising that was inspired by the Egyptian revolt.

Gaddafi had come to power Sep 1, 1969. The "Free Officers Movement", a small group of military officers led by Gaddafi, staged a bloodless coup that toppled King Idris and established the Libyan Arab Republic.

Gaddafi, whose forces were driven out of capital Tripoli by the now ruling NTC Aug 23, had been leading a strong resistance in the past months.

On June 27, the International Criminal Court (ICC) had issued arrest warrants for Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi on charges of crimes against humanity.

On Sep 9, the international police agency Interpol issued Red Notice for the three.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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