Libya ex-leader Muammar Gaddafi killed

Posted By on October 21, 2011

Libya’s ex-leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has been killed after an assault on his birthplace of Sirte, officials say.

The circumstances of his death are not yet clear. Video has emerged purporting to show Col Gaddafi being captured alive and bundled on to a truck.

Fighters loyal to the National Transitional Council (NTC) said they found him hiding in a hole, and shot him when he tried to escape.

Col Gaddafi was toppled in August after 42 years in power.

The colonel was fighting in Sirte alongside his two sons, Mutassim and Saif al-Islam, according to reports.

Officials say Mutassim was killed in battle on Thursday.

The NTC’s justice minister Mohammad al-Alagi told the AP news agency Saif al-Islam had been captured and taken to hospital with a leg wound. [read more…]