Breaking: Gaddafi Killed Fleeing Sirte – Multiple Accounts – Updated 10:14 PM EDT- 20 October

Posted on October 20, 2011


10:14 PM   EDT 20 October – It is clear now that just exactly how Quaddafi died and who killed him will long be in dispute.  If  you go to CNN, you will find that he died in a crossfire.  But across the pond, the UK’s Daily Mail has a different account, replete with graphic pictures.  He died from a shot to the head from an assassin.

At approximately 4:14 PM EDT today, CNN on air reported that a US fired hellfire missle from drone and French Mirage jet attacked a convoy carrying Gaddafi.  He was not killed at that time but exited his vehicle and went with his men.  He was later captured by the insurgents but it is still not clear about his final moments. The point here is, the US facilitated his capture, not his death.

Earlier in the day, there was this account from Al Jazeera English

Colonel Ahmed Bani, the military spokesman of the National Transition Council, has confirmed to Al Jazeera that Muammar Gaddafi has been killed.

Abdul Hakim Belhaj, an NTC military chief, said Gaddafi had died of his wounds after being captured near his hometown Sirte.

The body of the former Libyan leader was taken to a location which is being kept secret for security reasons, an NTC official said.

“Gaddafi’s body is with our unit in a car and we are taking the body to a secret place for security reasons,” Mohamed Abdel Kafi, an NTC official in the city of Misrata, told Reuters.

Earlier, Abdel Majid, another NTC official, said the toppled leader had been wounded in both legs.

A photograph taken on a mobile phone appeared to show Gaddafi heavily bloodied, but it was not possible to confirm the authenticity of the picture.

The news came shortly after the NTC captured Sirte, Gaddafi’s hometown, after weeks of fighting.

“Thank God they have caught this person. In one hour, Sirte was liberated,” a fighter in the town said.

Former spokesman captured

Another NTC commander said that Moussa Ibrahim, former spokesman for Gaddafi’s fallen government, was captured near Sirte.

Abdul Hakim Al Jalil, commander of the 11th brigade, also said he had seen the body of the chief of Gaddafi’s armed forces, Abu Bakr Younus Jabr.

“I’ve seen him with my own eyes,” he said and showed Reuters a picture of Jabr’s body.

“Moussa Ibrahim was also captured and both of them were transferred to [our] operations room.”

NATO and the US state department said they could not confirm any reports. Meanwhile in Benghazi, crowds gathered in the streets to start celebrating the reports of Gaddafi’s death.

UPDATE:  US fired hellfire missle from drone and French Mirage jet attacked convoy carrying Gaddafi.  He was not killed at that time but exited his vehicle and went with his men.  He was later captured by the insurgents but it is still not clear about his final moments.  [live on air from CNN at 4:12 EDT]

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