Gaddafi News: Colonel Gaddafi Killed in Sirte, Libya
Gaddafi has finally met his end in his hometown of Sirte in Libya.
Muammar Gaddafi was captured alive earlier today in his Libyan hometown of Sirte, but then was allegedly killed by crossfire between Gaddafi loyalists and fighters for the transitional council. He died from his wounds just before arriving at hospital.
al-Jazeera TV broadcast footage showing Gaddafi but it is difficult to know what state he was in at that point.
The French Defence Minister has told how French planes had fired warning shots at a convoy trying to flee Sirte carrying Gaddafi. He said that Libyan fighters then surrounded the convoy and took Gaddafi.
Other reports have come in saying that Gaddafi was hiding a drainage ditch and that he was shot when he tried to escape. A fighter wielded a golden gun that he claimed to have taken from Gaddafi.
Perhaps it is unlikely that we will ever know the truth, it is far more convenient for the new Government to deal with Gaddafi and for Libya to move on now that he is dead.
Like Osama Bin Laden, having him able to spout his rhetoric at a trial could have been divisive in a country where there are still people loyal to him.
Speaking for the Libyan National Transitional Council, Mr Jibril confirmed that Colonel Gaddafi was dead.
“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Gaddafi has been killed.”
He also read from a forensic report into Gaddafis death,
“When the car was moving it was caught in crossfire between the revolutionaries and Gaddafi forces in which he was hit by a bullet in the head. The forensic doctor could not tell if it came from the revolutionaries or from Gaddafi’s forces.”
Saif Gaddafi & Mutassim Gaddafi
It has also been reported that on of Gaddifi’s sons, Saif al-Islam was captured and is under guard at hospital with a wounded leg. His other son with him at the time, Mutassim, is said to have been killed in fighting.
Aisha Gaddafi and other members of the Gaddafi family have sought refuge in neighbouring Algeria. We understand that Aisha Gaddafi gave birth to a daughter just hours after arriving in the country.
Aisha Gaddafi recently gave an interview to Arabic TV stating that her father was doing well and fighting on the front line.
Calling the Libyan National Transition Council traitors she called on the Libyan people to rise up against the new rulers.
Gaddafi Gone, Libya Can Move On
Gaddafis death marks the end of a bitter conflict that has been running now since February.
There are still many questions about how Libya will move forward but for now there are celebrations in the streets of another Arab country finally rid of their dictator.