Gadhafi is captured, Libya official claims
Unconfirmed reports say ousted dictator has died from his wounds
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SIRTE, Libya — Ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi has been captured after the apparent fall of his hometown of Sirte, according to reports out of Libya.
National Transitional Council official Abdel Majid told Reuters that Gadhafi has been wounded in both legs. But Reuters later reported that Gadhafi had died of his wounds, citing a senior NTC military official.
Gadhafi was trying to flee in a convoy which NATO warplanes attacked, Majid said.
The head of Gadhafi’s armed forces, Abu Bakr Younus Jabr, was killed during the capture of the Libyan ex-leader, he added.
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SIRTE, Libya — Deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been killed, the Libyan prime minister confirmed Thursday, following news of his capture and reports of his death.
“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Moammar Gadhafi has been killed,” Jibril told a news conference.
The ousted dictator died of wounds suffered in his capture near his hometown of Sirte, according to a senior National Transitional Council military official and a government minister.
“He was killed in an attack by the fighters. There is footage of that,” the NTC’s information minister, Mahmoud Shammam, told Reuters.
The military official, Abdel Majid Mlegta, told Reuters that Gadhafi was taken at dawn on Thursday as he tried to flee in a convoy that NATO warplanes had attacked.
“There was a lot of firing against his group and he died,” said Mlegta.
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