Muammar Gaddafi is dead, Libya Prime Minister confirms

By on Oct 20, 2011 in Africa, International, Politics Comments

Former Libya leader Muammar Gaddafi is dead after being captured by National Transitional Council (NTC) officials, and was confirmed by NTC during a brief press conference.

According to the latest update of CNN on Thursday, October 20, 2011, Moammar Gadhafi was killed that day while trying to escape from NTC fighters.

“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Gaddafi has been killed,” Interim Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril was quoted in a news conference in Tripoli, Libya‘s capital.

NTC vice chairman Abdul Hafiz Ghoga also confirmed to reports that the ousted Libyan leader was killed on October 20, 2011 near Sirte.

Arabic language TV network Al Jazeera earlier released a cellphone video of someone being believed to be Gaddafi, whose face and body almost covered by blood.

A NTC official told Al-Jazeera English website that Gadhafi’s body was brought to a secret location for security reasons.

Muammar Gaddafi became the leader of Libya in 1969 at the age of 27 via a military coup and ruled the country for 42 years; and was known to be a ruthless dictator.

Back in February, major political protests began in Libya against Gaddafi‘s government and were later responded by numerous violent acts by the military forces.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against him in July but Libyan officials rejected its authority and questioned its legitimacy.

Last August, the Arab League proclaimed NTC as the legitimate representative of the Libyan state, numerous reports surfaced stating that Gaddafi was arrested but none of them were confirmed until the recent one.

Meanwhile, Libyan revolutionary fighters, who earlier seized Sirte, are now celebrating in the streets along with growing hundreds of Libyan people.



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