Muammar Gaddafi’s death – celebration in Tripoli

According BBC, Libya’s transitional government forces have taken full control of Sirte, the last city where Gaddafi loyalists had remained holed up, fighters and reporters say. Soldiers hoisted the new NTC national flag on buildings in the centre of Col Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown.

Unconfirmed reports quote officials as saying Col Gaddafi was captured there. But his supporters are still resisting government forces in the town of Bani

Photo Reuters: Anti-Gadhafi fighters celebrate the fall of Sirte in the town on Thursday.

Walid, south-east of Tripoli. Col Gaddafi is said to be wounded. There is no independent confirmation of the reports. “He’s captured. He’s wounded in both legs,” National Transitional Council (NTC) official Abdel Majid told Reuters news agency. “He’s been taken away by ambulance.”

AFP news agency quoted another NTC official, Mohamed Leith, as saying that Col Gaddafi had been captured in Sirte and was “seriously wounded” but still breathing. A soldier who says he captured Muammar Gaddafi tod the BBC the colonel had shouted: “Don’t shoot!”

The situation remains unclear. No officials can to confirm the rumours that Col Gaddafi has been captured or, as the Reuters news agency is reporting, that he is dead.

Immediately appeared also the first reactions of the international community. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said Libyans should decide Col Gaddafi’s fate. “The fate of Gaddafi should be decided by the Libyan people,” Mr Medvedev was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies, AFP reports. Meanwhile, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says the deposed Libya leader’s capture was great news if confirmed. The U.S. State Department on Thursday said it can’t confirm reports that former Libyan leader Col. Gadhafi has been killed. “I cannot confirm the reports about Gadhafi. I am very doubtful about these reports. According to our information Gadhafi was not even in Sirte during this time of fighting,” said Abdul Rahmin Al-Busin, a spokesman for the NTC military.

UPDATE: Libyan fighters say that Col. Muammar Gaddafi has died from wounds sustained during a final push to seize control of the strongman’s hometown of Sirte, claims that haven’t yet been confirmed by the country’s transitional authority or its Western allies that have been aiding the nine-month revolt. Members of the interim National Transitional Council, meanwhile, say that they cannot independently verify the news. The leaders of the NTC were expected to hold a separate press conference in the eastern city of Benghazi as well.

According WSJ: “The news of Col. Gaddafi’s death sparked widespread celebration in Tripoli. News readers on Libyan State Television repeated the earlier claim of his capture and announced the full liberation of the country.”

The official of NTC, Abdel Majid Mlegta, initially said Gaddafi suffered wounds to his legs, but later reported that the deposed Libyan leader was dead. “He was also hit in his head” Mlegta told Reuters. “There was a lot of firing against his group and he died.” Gaddafi’s body is being transported to a secret location in Misrata. Al – Arabyia Chanel said that received permission to records Gaddafi’s body.

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