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Moamar Ghadafi Captured In Libya

Updated: Thursday, 20 Oct 2011, 7:40 AM EDT
Published : Thursday, 20 Oct 2011, 7:40 AM EDT

SIRTE, Libya - Libyan strongman Moamar Ghadafi has been captured, a Transitional National Council military commander said Thursday.

“He has been captured. He is badly wounded, but he is still breathing,” Mohamed Leith told AFP, adding that he saw Ghadafi himself and that he was wearing a khaki uniform and a turban.

Ghadafi was said to be wounded in both legs, according to Reuters, which said he was detained near Sirte.

Libyan TV channel Libya lil Ahrar also said that he was in custody.

However, the TNC’s UK spokesman, Mahmoud Nacua, warned that there was “not enough information” to confirm Ghadafi’s capture, and a former TNC spokesman in Britain, Guma al Gamati told Sky News that “this is not confirmed.”

Sirte, Ghadafi’s hometown and the last bastion of his supporters, was the last holdout against TNC forces. The town’s capture, which both military officials and new regime political sources said was expected later Thursday, would pave the way for the TNC to officially take control of Libya and move its headquarters away from its Benghazi stronghold in the east to the capital, Tripoli.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens next. One less dictator in the area, but what will become of Libya now?



UPDATE: Oops, He’s Dead Now

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi died of wounds suffered on Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eight-month-old uprising against his rule overran his hometown Sirte, Libya’s interim rulers said.

His killing, which came swiftly after his capture near Sirte, is the most dramatic single development in the Arab Spring revolts that have unseated rulers in Egypt and Tunisia and threatened the grip on power of the leaders of Syria and Yemen.

“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.”

Reports are conflicting. Some say he was caught in a spider hole like Saddam, and surrendered. Yet somehow managed to get shot in the legs twice, and then in the head? Other reports say he was gunned down by a NATO attack on a fleeing convoy of vehicles. And so on. No word on whether the new “battle-dozer” had anything to do with his death or capture, but it also appears that the town of Sirte has fallen. And that should be about the end of the fighting in Libya. Now, show us his body, and show us how it’s disposed of, so we infidels can learn. Betcha they throw his corpse to the dogs.

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UPDATE 2: Rat In A Drain Ditch
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the drain pipe where Muammar was hiding when he was captured ... and then executed? Lyndon gives us the latest news link!

14:03 NTC spokesman Abdel Hafez Ghoga says: “We announce to the world that Kadhafi has been killed at the hands of the revolution. It is an historic moment. It is the end of tyranny and dictatorship. Kadhafi has met his fate,” he added.

14:00 PM David Cameron to give statement on reports of Gaddafi’s death imminently.

13:57 The revolutionary fighter who says he saw the capture of Gaddafi tells Sky News he hit him with his shoe (one of the worst insults in the Islamic faith). He was reportedly shot once in the head and once in each leg.

13:54 NTC spokesman Abdel Hafiz Ghoga also now confirming the former leader’s death.

13:52 If reports are found to be true that Gaddafi was found in a hole underground in District 2 in his hometown of Sirte, the similarities to the capture of Saddam Hussein are unavoidable. The Iraqi dictator was discovered in a small, underground hole concealed next to farm buildings near the his own hometown of Tikrit. He had been hiding out for months with a handful of his most loyal aides.


Rat in a drain ditch
Caught on a limb
You know better but
I know him


14:34 Let’s recap all reports of deaths and captures. Just to be clear, none have yet been independently verified:

Muammar Gaddafi: Dead - NTC officials

Mutassim Gaddafi, Col Gaddafi’s fifth son: Dead - NTC officials

Moussa Ibrahim, Gaddafi’s spokesman: Captured - NTC officials

Abu Bakr Yunis, former defence minister: Killed in Gaddafi’s convoy - NTC officials

Ahmed Ibrahim, Gaddafi’s cousin and adviser: Captured. - Mlegta.

Mansour Daw, Gaddafi aide: Captured. - Libya TV

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cellphone pic of captured Gaddafi, mostly dead


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