Reports: Gaddafi killed during his capture
Fugitive Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was killed on Thursday during a final rebel attack near his hometown of Sirte, according to multiple online reports.
Gaddafi, who was wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, was reportedly wounded in both legs and shot in the head as revolutionary forces backed by NATO attacked a convoy fleeing the coastal town.
However, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said she could not confirm if the mercurial leader had indeed been killed.
Libyans rejoiced as news of Gaddafi‘s death spread. In Tripoli, the country’s capital and largest city, hundreds of cars honked their horns, and the air was filled with celebratory gunfire from automatic weapons.
Mahmoud Shammam, the chief spokesman of the Transitional National Council confirmed that Gaddafi was slain, though he did not provide other details.
Note: This post will be updated. Further information will be added as it becomes available.
UPDATE 1: Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril has confirmed the death of Gaddafi. In a news conference in Tripoli, he said: “We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Gaddafi has been killed.”
Gaddafi’s son Mutassim had also been captured alive in Sirte, according to television reports.
Update 2: Check out this video obtained by Al Jazeera which shows the body of the former Libyan leader following his death.
WARNING: Graphic content.