According to the National Transitional Council in Libya, the current de-facto rulers of Libya, former leader Muammar Gaddafi has succumbed to multiple wounds and died.
Apparently, Gaddafi was captured and shot in both legs near dawn on Thursday. He was reportedly fleeing rebel fighters in a convoy when NATO warplanes attacked. He was rushed away in an ambulance.
“He (Gaddafi) was also hit in his head,” National Transitional Council official Abdel Majid Mlegta told Reuters. “There was a lot of firing against his group and he died.”
Gaddafi was captured and eventually killed near Sirte, which is his hometown. There, anti-Gaddafi forces overtook many of the last remaining loyalist forces before taking Gaddafi himself.
There has not been additional confirmation of the NTC’s claims.
UPDATE: CNN Reports that a cell phone phone distributed by the AFP shows a bloodied, wounded man that is being identified as Gaddafi.
Here’s some early Twitter reaction:
#Gadhafi has been killed. Now comes the time to start moving towards unifying the country and ending the civil war.Reports are that Moammar
I don’t suppoprt muder, but if Muammar Gaddafi is really dead, then Libya can rebuild and run the country the RIGHT way. R.I.P. Fathi <3
Check out what others are saying about his death at his Famous Dead page.