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Qaddafi is killed, with bullet wound to the head (2)

(People's Daily Online)

08:16, October 21, 2011

Qaddafi’s body was ultimately seized by a brigade of Misurata-based fighters who had been fighting in Surt. A reporter accompanying Ali Tarhouni, a deputy chairman of the Transitional National Council who went to view the body, saw Qaddafi splayed out on a mattress in a reception room, shirtless, with bullet wounds in the chest and temple and with blood on the arms and hair.

“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Qaddafi has been killed,” Mahmoud Jibril, prime minister of the Transitional National Council, the interim government, told a news conference in Tripoli.

Libyan television also reported that one of Colonel Qaddafi’s feared sons, Muatassim, was killed in Sirte on Thursday, and broadcast images of what it said was Muatassim’s bloodstained corpse.

Officials of the Transitional National Council told reporters late Thursday that Qaddafi had been killed in a crossfire, when a gunfight erupted between his captors and his supporters — making the argument that he was not killed intentionally. Forensics experts outside Libya who viewed photographs of the body said the wounds appeared to have been caused by handgun fire at close range.

In Washington, US President Barack Obama said in a televised address that the death of Qaddafi signaled the start of a new chapter for Libya. “We can definitely say that the Qaddafi regime has come to an end,” he said. “The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted and with this enormous promise the Libyan people now have a great responsibility to build an inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke to Qaddafi’s dictatorship.”

In a statement from NATO’s Libya operations headquarters in Naples, Italy, Roland Lavoie, a NATO spokesman, confirmed that the alliance’s aircraft struck two armed Libyan military vehicles near Sirte, but the he said that NATO officers did not know who was in them. “It is not NATO policy to target specific individuals,” he said.

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Andrew at 2011-10-2190.200.46.*
A great lesson to Iran, Syria, N Korea and other dictatorships. Mistreat your own people and this is your final fate.
helen at 2011-10-21203.82.92.*
A great lesson to Iran, N Korea and other sovereign nations. Abandon your nuclear and missile development programme and your leaders would end up like Gaddafi and your country invaded and colonialised by the United States and its own axis-of-tyranny.The only deterrent against US Global Tyranny is your ability to wage total war against the US and its axis. Ability to inflict nuclear damage and massive devastation to US military bases, its axis members and of course continental USA would go a long way to ensure deterrence.Let's hope that this serves a warning to all sovereign nations threatened by US Global Tyranny.

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