Veteran Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi has been killed by new regime forces in their final assault on the last pocket of resistance in his hometown Sirte, a National Transitional Council spokesman said Thursday.
“We announce to the world that Kadhafi has been killed at the hands of the revolution,” Abdel Hafez Ghoga said. “It is an historic moment. It is the end of tyranny and dictatorship. Kadhafi has met his fate,” he added.
A video circulating among NTC fighters in Sirte showed mobile phone footage of what appeared to be Kadhafi’s bloodied corpse. In the grainy images seen by an AFP correspondent, a large number of NTC fighters are seen yelling in chaotic scenes around a khaki-clad body which has blood oozing from the face and neck.
The body is then dragged off by the fighters and loaded in the back of a pick-up truck. A stills photograph taken on a mobile phone and obtained by AFP showed Kadhafi heavily bloodied but it was not clear from the picture whether he was alive or dead at the time.