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Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi dies of wounds, NTC field commander tells Xinhua

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-10/20/c_131203056.htm

TRIPOLI/SIRTE, Libya, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) — Libya’s fallen leader Muammar Gaddafi died of his wounds on Thursday, a National Transitional Council (NTC) field commander told Xinhua.

The commander, Momhemed Buras Ali Al-Maknee, told Xinhua earlier that a group of fighters from the western Libyan city of Misrata captured Gaddafi in Sirte, who was then severely injured.

The Dubai-based Al Arabiya TV reported Gaddafi’s corpse had arrived in Misrata.

Earlier Al-Jazeera TV said NATO jets fired at a convoy of cars, probably with Gaddafi onboard, fleeing Sirte.

The pan-Arab TV, meanwhile, quoted Abdel Hakim Belhaj, NTC’s military chief in Tripoli as confirming that Gaddafi had been killed. NTC spokesman Abdel Hafiz Ghoga also confirmed Gaddafi’s death.

There are conflicting information on the circumstances surrounding his death. The death has yet to be officially announced by the NTC, with NTC chief Mustafa Abdul-Jalil expecting to address the Libyan people soon.

The NTC troops and the people of the war-torn country were celebrating following reports on Gaddafi’s death, cheering and hoisting NTC flags, Xinhua reporters said.

The 69 year-old leader, whose forces were driven out of capital Tripoli by the now ruling NTC on Aug. 23, had been “leading resistance” against his foes from an undisclosed place in Libya for the past months, according to his spokesman.

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, and on Sept. 9, the international police agency INTERPOL issued Red Notice for the three as requested by ICC.

Meanwhile, al-Jazeera said Gaddafi’s fourth son Mutassim was captured also on Thursday in Sirte, several hours after his father was killed, besides, the TV footage also showed a body which it said belonged to Gaddafi’s defense minister Abu Bakr Younus.

Earlier on Thursday, the same satellite TV had said forces of Libya’s NTC have reportedly overrun the last position held by troops loyal to Gaddafi in Sirte, the fallen leader’s hometown.

 

 

NTC confirms Gaddafi’s death, int’l reactions mixed

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-10/20/c_131203178.htm

TRIPOLI/SIRTE, Libya, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) — Libya’s ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi died of wounds Thursday after being shot in gun battles in his hometown, Sirte.

His death was confirmed by officials of the National Transitional Council (NTC), including head of its executive committee Mahmoud Jibril, and backed up by pictures of his corpse with eyes half-open, shirt torn apart and a bloodied face, televised by the pan-Arab al-Jazeera TV.

At a press conference held in Tripoli, Jibril also announced that the NTC would announce the liberation of entire Libya later Thursday or Friday.

Earlier Thursday, Momhemed Buras Ali Al-Maknee, an NTC field commander, told Xinhua a group of fighters from the western Libyan city of Misrata captured Gaddafi in Sirte, who was then severely injured.

The Dubai-based Al Arabiya TV reported Gaddafi’s corpse had arrived in Misrata.

Earlier, Al-Jazeera said NATO jets fired at a convoy of cars, possibly with Gaddafi onboard, fleeing Sirte.

The NTC troops and the people of the war-torn country celebrated as reports of Gaddafi’s death filtered out, cheering and hoisting NTC flags, Xinhua reporters said.

The 69-year-old former leader, whose forces were driven from the capital Tripoli by the now ruling NTC on Aug. 23, had since been “leading resistance” against his foes from an undisclosed place in Libya, according to his spokesman.

On June 27, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi on charges of crimes against humanity, and on Sept. 9, the international police agency, Interpol, issued a Red Notice for the three as requested by ICC.

Meanwhile, the NTC field commander told Xinhua that Gaddafi’s son Mutassim was killed in Sirte, several hours after his father died of wounds. He had earlier said Mutassim was captured alive inside the town after NTC fighters overran Sirte’s Number Two neighborhood where Gaddafi’s loyalists had been cornered.

The commander also said NTC fighters had surrounded a place in Sirte where Gaddafi’s second son, Saif al-Islam, was believed to be hiding.

The al-Jazeera TV footage also showed a body which it said belonged to Gaddafi’s defense minister, Abu Bakr Younus.

Earlier Thursday, the network said NTC forces had reportedly overrun the last position held by troops loyal to Gaddafi in Sirte.

Gaddafi’s death has drawn mixed international reactions, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailing that it “marks a historic transition of Libya.”

In Brussels, a joint statement by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Gaddafi’s death “marks the end of an era of despotism and repression from which the Libyan people have suffered for too long.”

“Today, Libya can turn a page in its history and embrace a new democratic future,” it said.

The European Union called on the NTC to “pursue a broad-based reconciliation process which reaches out to all Libyans and enables a democratic, peaceful and transparent transition in the country.”

In London, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Gaddafi’s death held out the promise of a better future for the people he ruled for four decades. ‘ In Moscow, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said he hoped peace would eventually arrive in Libya.

“All those who represent this country, various representatives of Libyan tribes, will be able to reach a final agreement on a configuration of power, and Libya will turn into a modern political country,” Medvedev said at a joint press conference with Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte in Moscow.

“Otherwise, all the efforts taken recently are senseless,” Medvedev said.

In New Delhi, visiting French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe hailed Gaddafi’s death as the “end of 42 years of tyranny.”

“The announcement of the death of Gaddafi and the collapse of Sirte is the end of a very difficult period for the Libyan people. It’s the end of 42 years of tyranny, of a military conflict that has been very difficult for the Libyan people,” Juppe said.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota voiced hope Thursday that violence in Libya would end soon following Gaddafi’s death.

“Brazil expects violence in Libya to stop, military operations to cease, and the Libyan people to be able to follow its aspirations and wishes in a spirit of dialogue and national reconstruction,” Patriota said.

The foreign minister made the remarks while accompanying President Dilma Rousseff on a trip to Angola. The president, however, has yet to make an official statement on the issue.

In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told Xinhua earlier in the day that Washington “can not confirm at this time” the capture or death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Nuland made the remarks through an e-mail to Xinhua.

In Addis Ababa, the African Union (AU) said it would seek to verify the death of Gaddafi.

AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Ramtane Lamamra told reporters “We will check it, there are a number of press dispatches, even the one that stated he may have been killed; so let us find out from the authority incumbent.”

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GADDAFI KILLED IN  LIBYA

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15389550

BBC’s Gabriel Gatehouse in Sirte: “I have spoken to the man who says that he captured him… he was brandishing a golden pistol”

 

Libya’s ex-leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has been killed after an assault on his birthplace of Sirte, officials say.

National Transitional Council (NTC) Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril told a news conference in Tripoli it was time to launch a new, united Libya.

Col Gaddafi was toppled in August after 42 years in power.

The interim authorities plan to announce Libya “liberated” before indicating the next steps towards democratic elections.

Mr Jibril said NTC forces were now pursuing Saif al-Islam, Col Gaddafi’s most prominent son, who fled Sirte in a convoy before Sirte fell.

Golden gun

After a day of conflicting reports and rumours, Mr Jibril told the news conference: “We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Gaddafi has been killed.”…

Gadhafi Killed, Libyan Officials Say

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204618704576642661915994024.html?mod=WSJ_Home_largeHeadline

Col. Moammar Gadhafi died from wounds sustained during a final push to seize control of his hometown of Sirte, the last remaining stronghold of the former leader, according to Libyan military and political leaders.

Col. Gadhafi was shot and wounded in Sirte and died in an ambulance en route to Misrata, said Misrata Military Council spokesman Fathi Bashagha. Western allies haven’t confirmed Col. Gadhafi’s death.

The council, which has been commanding the fighters leading the two-month siege of Sirte, reported around noon Thursday that Col. Gadhafi had been caught while their troops were conducting mopping-up operations around the coastal city. Shortly afterward, the council reported that Col. Gadhafi was dead.

Libyan officials were doing a DNA analysis of what they believe was Col. Gadhafi’s body to confirm its identity, according to Mr. Bashagha.

“Gadhafi is dead 100%. I saw his body with my own eyes,” Mr. Bashagha said. “Gadhafi’s death is the best news for Libya. The whole world should rejoice.”

“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Moammar Gadhafi has been killed,” Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril told a news conference in the capital Tripoli, according to the Associated Press…..

 

 

With Muammar Qaddafi killed, is Libya’s war over?

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http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Backchannels/2011/1020/With-Muammar-Qaddafi-killed-is-Libya-s-war-over

Muammar Qaddafi was killed today by guerrillas near his hometown. His death dramatically limits the chances of a long-running insurgency in Libya.

 

The details of Muammar Qaddafi‘s death are still trickling out of Sirte. While the full circumstances of his killing aren’t yet clear, beyond the fact that he appeared to meet his end at the hands of Libyan revolutionaries, a new chapter in Libyan history has been opened.

There were early claims that he’d been found cowering in a sewage pipe outside his hometown of Sirte and was murdered by rebels, a bit of poetic justice given that he was fond of describing his opponents as scuttling rats and cockroaches that would be hunted to their death down every alley, inside every home in the country he ruled with an iron fist since seizing power 42 years ago. That detail seems so perfect, from the Libyan rebel’s perspective, to be entirely trusted. There were also reports that his convoy came under NATO attack as he tried to flee Sirte, and that he and his followers were then overwhelmed by rebel fighters. NATO confirmed that it attacked a pro-Qaddafi convoy near Sirte this morning.

But that Qaddafi is dead, as his hometown and last bastion was overrun by an army of shopkeepers, students, and laborers, can now be taken to the bank.

Reporters and rebel fighters in Libya also said that a number of his officials and family members were either killed or captured near Sirte. Reuters quotes a rebel military commander, Abdel Majid Mlegta, as saying Qaddafi’s military chief, Abu Bakr Younis, was killed, and that one of his sons and his chief spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim, were taken alive.

 

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