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NTC confirms Gaddafi's death, int'l reactions mixed


08:36, October 21, 2011

TRIPOLI/SIRTE, Libya, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Libya's ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi died of wounds Thursday after being shot in gun battles in his hometown, Sirte.

His death was confirmed by officials of the National Transitional Council (NTC), including head of its executive committee Mahmoud Jibril, and backed up by pictures of his corpse with eyes half-open, shirt torn apart and a bloodied face, televised by the pan-Arab al-Jazeera TV.

At a press conference held in Tripoli, Jibril also announced that the NTC would announce the liberation of entire Libya later Thursday or Friday.

Earlier Thursday, Momhemed Buras Ali Al-Maknee, an NTC field commander, told Xinhua a group of fighters from the western Libyan city of Misrata captured Gaddafi in Sirte, who was then severely injured.

The Dubai-based Al Arabiya TV reported Gaddafi's corpse had arrived in Misrata.

Earlier, Al-Jazeera said NATO jets fired at a convoy of cars, possibly with Gaddafi onboard, fleeing Sirte.

The NTC troops and the people of the war-torn country celebrated as reports of Gaddafi's death filtered out, cheering and hoisting NTC flags, Xinhua reporters said.

The 69-year-old former leader, whose forces were driven from the capital Tripoli by the now ruling NTC on Aug. 23, had since been "leading resistance" against his foes from an undisclosed place in Libya, according to his spokesman.

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