Thursday, October 20, 2011

Colonel Gaddafi Killed, National Transitional Council Official Says - 20th Oct 2011

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has been killed and his body is being taken to the city of Misratah, National Transitional Council spokesman Abdullah Berrassali has told Sky News.

"Gaddafi is dead, absolutely dead. He was shot in both legs and in the head," he said.

"It looks like Gaddafi and his close aides tried to flee. The freedom fighters tried to apprehend them but it looks like from the reports, which are not 100% confirmed, that as a result of the exchange of fire maybe Gaddafi was badly injured.

"I have always said that the priority would be to take Gaddafi alive and put him on a fair, just trial ... but if he resisted arrest there was a great likelihood he would be killed."

There have been conflicting reports about how the capture and killing of the ousted Libyan leader happened.

Earlier National Transitional Council (NTC) military commander Abdel Majid he was injured in a gunfight as his convoy attempted to flee Sirte.

An anti-Gaddafi fighter who claimed he witnessed Gaddafi's capture said the former Libyan leader was shot in the stomach as he hid with his bodyguards.

"We catch him and we shot him, somebody shot him by gun - 9mm," the witness said. Pointing to another man next to him, he added: "This man hit Muammar Gaddafi with his shoes." Source