Peter Hoskin

Gaddafi dead?


Let’s keep the question mark in the headline for now, but it does sound as though Colonel Gaddafi’s elusion from his opponents may have come to an end. Representatives of Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) are claiming that the deposed dictator was captured in Sirte this morning, and is possibly now dead. There has been no independent verification thus far, but the city is said to be echoing to the sound of celebratory gunfire.

UPDATE: Still no confirmation from anyone beyond the NTC, although Al Jazeera is showing gruesome video footage of what’s claimed to be Gaddafi’s corpse being rolled around a street in Sirte. And there’s this photo too.

UPDATE 2: Here’s the Al Jazeera video:

UPDATE 3: The Prime Minister of Libya’s NTC has given a statement: “We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Gaddafi has been killed.”

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