This is the moment that the world’s longest serving despot, Muammar Gaddafi fell to the ground, dead, October 20th 2011.
“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.
Meanwhile, there were conflicting reports about the fate of one of his sons, Mutassim Gaddafi.
Mahmoud Shammam, the NTC’s information minister, said he had received reports that Mutassim had been captured alive, but that he could not confirm the news.
“Our information from the commanders in the field is that Mutassim Gaddafi has been captured alive in Sirte,” he told Reuters.
However, Mohamed Leith, an NTC commander, told the AFP news agency that he had been killed.
“We found him dead. We put his body and that of [former defence minister] Abu Bakr Younus in an ambulance to take them to Misrata”.
Abdel Hakim Bilhajj, head of the National Transitional Council’s military arm in Tripoli, announced Gadhafi’s death live on Al-Jazeera Arabic Thursday.
“Gadhafi was killed at the hands of the Libyans and I announce the great news to every mother and to every Libyan who suffered, fought, and sacrificed for long,” Bilhajj said.
Gadhafi’s death was also reported by National Transitional Council television station Al-Ahrar. It did not cite a source.
Gadhafi’s capture was also reported by Libyan television, citing the Misrata Military Council.