Gaddafi killed in Sirte assault

20 October 2011

National Transitional Council (NTC) says ex-leader captured and killed in gun battle in Sirte

The National Transitional Council (NTC) says former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been captured and killed following an attack on a rebel convey by NTC forces in his hometown of Sirte after the city was liberated after a two-month siege.

The announcement followed an earlier statement from NTC official Abdel Majid that said Gaddafi had been shot in both legs and the head. There has been no independent confirmation of the reports although local television pictures appeared to show images of the former leader’s dead body.

Despite the lack of confirmation, anti-Gaddafi fighters are celebrating on the streets of Tripoli and Sirte.

Civil unrest broke out in Libya on 18 February in Benghazi. Nato enforced a UN resolution no-fly zone over Libya in March. Gaddafi has not been since seen May. In August, Libya was liberated by NTC forces, ending Gaddafi’s 42 years in power.

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