Veteran Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi was killed Thursday by new regime forces in their final assault on the last pocket of resistance in his hometown Sirte, a National Transitional Council spokesman said. “We announce to the world that Gaddafi has been killed at the hands of the revolution,” Abdel Hafez Ghoga said in the eastern city of Benghazi. “It is an historic moment. It is the end of tyranny and dictatorship. Kadhafi has met his fate,” he added. Another NTC commander, said one of Gaddafi’s sons, Mutassim, was also killed in Sirte. “We found him dead. We put his body and that of (former defence minister) Abu Bakr Yunis Jabar in an ambulance to take them to Misrata,” said Mohamed Leith. NTC fighters who had fought in the bloody seven-month conflict that toppled the veteran despot at a cost of more than 25,000 lives, erupted in jubilation at the news, which followed earlier reports that Gaddafi had been captured. A photograph taken on a mobile phone appeared to show the 69-year-old Kadhafi, toppled by NTC fighters in August, heavily bloodied. In the poor-quality image, Gaddafi is seen with blood-soaked clothing and blood daubed across his face. A video circulating among NTC fighters in Sirte showed mobile phone footage of what appeared to be Gaddafi’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. News of Gaddafi’s death came as new regime troops overran the last redoubt of his loyalists in Sirte, bringing to an end a two-month siege.
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