Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled Libya with an iron fist for 42 years until he was deposed in a bloody rebellion, was killed yesterday when the revolutionary forces took his hometown of Sirte, the last bastion of resistance of the overthrown regime.Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril confirmed the death of Qaddafi. "We have waited for this moment for so long. Muammar Gaddafi has been killed, "Jibril said at a news conference in Tripoli.Initial reports of the fighters said Gaddafi, 69, was holed up with their past practices in the fierce fight with the revolutionaries who stormed the last buildings that still had deposed leader's forces in this city on the Mediterranean. At one point, a convoy tried to flee the area and was attacked by NATO planes, although it was unclear whether Gadhafi was in a vehicle.The television station Al-Jazeera showed footage of a man like Gadhafi killed or seriously injured, bleeding from the head and stripped to the waist when the combatants rolled the body over the pavement. Witnesses said the body was displayed in the neighboring city of Misurata.The body was carried through the streets on a vehicle surrounded by a crowd that chanted, "The blood of martyrs is not shed in vain" as scenes filmed by Al-Arabiya television. It is believed that the fighters who were killed came from Misurata Gaddafi, who suffered a brutal siege by gadafistas during the civil war.Abdel-Aziz, a doctor who accompanied the body in the ambulance to Misurata, Gaddafi said he died of two gunshot wounds in the head and chest."You can not imagine my happiness. I can not describe my happiness, "said Abdel-Aziz. "Tyranny is gone. The Libyan people can rest. Details about the last hours of Gaddafi were vague and their capture near Sirte apparently also took the lives of prominent contributors. But representatives of the CNT, as Abdel Majid Mlegta, confirmed that he died from wounds suffered in combat.
Based on information from several sources, Gadhafi could have tried to escape from their last stronghold at dawn in a convoy of vehicles after weeks of fierce resistance.However, he was arrested by NATO bombing and captured, possibly three or four hours later, after fighting with soldiers who found him hiding CNT in a sewer.Gaddafi was alive at the time of his capture, according to footage broadcast by Arab television Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera.In the images, some fighters CNT forces hold it and try to keep up, when it seems to shout something. The deposed leader has bareheaded, wearing camouflage pants and has blood on his face and shoulders."Do not shoot, do not shoot," said Gaddafi would, when discovered, as a fighter of the CNT said.Gaddafi's death itself became perhaps the most dramatic since the riots of spring that have toppled Arab rulers in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt and threatening to the leaders of Syria and Yemen.According to the Libyan rebels a son of Gaddafi, Mutasim, was also killed in the city of Sirte.The news of the death of Qaddafi sparked worldwide reaction, although the U.S. government handled cautiously waiting to be confirmed with absolute certainty.
Later President confirmed the death of the Libyan leader and said that this marks "the end of a long and painful chapter" and open "an opportunity for the Libyan people to decide their own destiny." "We can say definitively that Qaddafi's regime has come to an end," he said.The President praised the role played by the military and diplomats in his country and assured that the objectives were achieved through collaboration with allies and without a single U.S. soldier set foot on Libyan soil.Meanwhile, Interpol and the International Criminal Court (ICC) asked Seif al Islam, son of former leader Muammar al-Gaddafi Libyan call to replace his father in power, who "deliver", once death has been confirmed the colonel.Gaddafi, who is wanted by the International Court on charges of ordering the killings of civilians, was overthrown by rebel forces on 23 August, a week before the 42 th anniversary of the coup that brought him to power in 1969.Gaddafi's death ended eight months of a war between rebels and forces loyal to the Libyan leader that left 25 000 dead, according to the CNT, who agreed to compensate their families and the combatants in the conflict that began on 15 of February.