Muammar Gaddafi killed
Muammar Gaddafi has been killed after National Transitional Council fighters overran loyalist defences in the toppled Libyan leader’s hometown and final stronghold of Sirte.
But questions remained on Thursday over the circumstances of Gaddafi’s death as footage appeared to show he had been captured alive, following an apparent attempt to flee the besieged coastal city in a convoy which came under fire from French warplanes and a US drone aircraft.
Other footage showed Gaddafi’s lifeless and bloodied body being dragged along a road. “We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Gaddafi has been killed,” Mahmoud Jibril, the de facto Libyan prime minister, told reporters on Thursday in Tripoli, the capital. Asked what would be done with Gaddafi’s body, he said: “It doesn’t make any difference, as long as he disappears”.
Crowds took to the streets of Sirte, Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi, the eastern city that spearheaded the uprising against Gaddafi’s 42-year rule in February, to celebrate the news, with some firing guns and waving Libya’s new flag.
“I’m so proud now,” a Tripoli resident told Al Jazeera.”It’s a new era. Look to our eyes and you’ll see happiness, finally”.