NTC officials initially told Al-Jazeera and Reuters that Qadhafi had been arrested and wounded near Sirte. Reports then began pouring in saying that the ousted leader had died, with NTC information minister Mahmoud Shammam telling Reuters Qadhafi was killed during the NTC attack.
Shammam said NTC fighters informed him they had seen Qadhafi’s body, and he told the Associated Press he thinks the prime minister will confirm the reports soon.
“Our people in Sirte saw the body … Mustafa Abdul-Jalil will confirm it soon,” Shammam told the AP. “Revolutionaries say Gadhafi was in a convoy and that they attacked the convoy.”
And the NTC’s military chief Abdul Hakim Belhaj told Al Jazeera that Qadhafi had died from his wounds.
NTC official Abdel Majid Mlegta also told Reuters that Qadhafi “was also hit in his head. There was a lot of firing against his group and he died.” Mlegta said the NTC has “the footage but it is not available now.”
Al Jazeera is also reporting that NTC forces have captured Qadhafi’s son Mo’tassim in Sirte.
NTC official Mohamed Abdel Kafi also said that Qadhafi’s body was being moved to a secret location. A photo is circulating of a wounded or dead man that NTC officials say is of Qadhafi, Reuters wrote.
Reuters reported at first that Mlegta said Qadhafi had been captured and shot in both legs.
“He’s captured. He’s wounded in both legs … He’s been taken away by ambulance,” he told Reuters.
Majid told Reuters that Qadhafi was attempting to leave in a convoy as NATO warplanes attacked. A Libyan government fighter said he saw the arrest, and says Qadhafi shouted “Don’t shoot, don’t shoot” as he was hiding in a hole, Reuters added.
NATO has confirmed its aircraft struck a convoy of pro-Qadhafi forces, the Associated Press reported.
Meanwhile, the BBC reports that anti-Qadhafi radio station Voice of Free Libya has said “the confirmed news is that he has been arrested but it is unknown in which condition.”
The NTC’s information minister Mahmoud Shamman told al-Jazeera that “we can say that Sirte is liberated,” according to The Guardian. However, he said he “cannot confirm anything but people over there are talking they caught a big fish.”
The reports touched off celebrations across Libya, with people honking their car horns and firing guns into the air.
The transitional government said it has also taken Sirte, Qadhafi’s hometown and the deposed dictator’s last major stronghold of support.
“Our forces control the last neighborhood in Sirte,” NTC official Hassan Draoua told the Associated Press. “The city has been liberated.”
After 42 years in power, Qadhafi went into hiding on August 21 with the fall of Tripoli to opposition forces. According to reports, several members of his family fled the country several weeks ago.
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