Reports are emerging that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has been killed in his home town of Sirte in Libya. Rebels from the stronghold are claiming to have taken the life of the ousted dictator following a siege, a senior NTC official telling news corporations as authoritative as the BBC.
A soldier also told the BBC that Gaddafi has pleaded “Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot!” after he was found hiding in a hole in District 2 in Sirte. The soldier reportedly brandished Gaddafi’s golden pistol following his capture.
Although these reports are unconfirmed, it seems that if Gaddafi has not been killed then his days are looking seriously numbered. NTC soldiers continue to celebrate in the streets of Sirte, indicating a success of sorts. The NTC leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil is due to make an official statement to the Libyan people ‘shortly’. This is according to the Free Libya TV Station.
The official line from an NTC spokesperson is that Gaddafi was captured and wounded in both of his legs at dawn this morning. This was apparently as he tried to flee in a convoy that has been attacked by NATO planes.
“He was also hit in his head,” the official went on to describe. “There was a lot of firing against his group and he died.” Abdel Majid Mlegta conveyed this message to Reuters earlier today.
Whether today marks the end of a mad that has been labelled as ‘mad dog’ by figures as significant as Ronald Reagan, time will only tell. If the scenes that can be seen on the streets of Libya are anything to go by then it certainly seems so and could herald the dawn of a new era for Libya and its politics.
It may be worth bearing in mind however, that the former state (and Gaddafi supported) TV channel Al-Libiya has rubbished todays claims. They contested: “”The reports peddled by the lackeys of NATO about the capture or death of the brother leader, Moamer Kadhafi, are baseless. Gaddafi is in good health.”
As NATO and the Obama administration continue to try to get hold of some confirmation of Gaddafi’s death, images that prove that the dictator has died or been seriously injured are being circulated. The above image of a dead or injured Gaddafi is courtesy of the Telegraph and may not necessarily be genuine. It does not seem to be ‘photoshopped’ to us but time will tell.