According to reports, Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi was killed during a firefight in his home town of Sirte. The latest update from The Telegraph indicates he was shot in both legs and the head.
13:12 NTC official Abdel Majid Mlegta has told Reuters that Gaddafi was captured and wounded in both legs at dawn this morning as he tried to flee in a convoy which NATO warplanes attacked.
“He was also hit in his head,” the official said. “There was a lot of firing against his group and he died.”
13:11 NTC Leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil is due to address the Libyan nation “shortly”, according to Free Libya TV station.
13:07 The Telegraph’s foreign correspondent, Ben Farmer - the only UK newspaper journalist in Sirte, describes the celebrations among NTC soldiers as the final Gaddafi stronghold is taken.
Other news outlets have not yet confirmed that Gaddafi is dead. According to the Washington Post, NATO also has not confirmed Gaddafi’s status.
Reuters reports that Gaddafi was fleeing the city in a convoy when NATO warplanes attacked.
“We’ve had no confirmation whether Gaddafi was in there or not,” said a NATO official who spoke to the Post’s Michael Birnbaum on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly. Over the past couple weeks in Sirte, the official said, “there was a sense that given the fight they were putting up, which was concerted, that they were protecting something important.”
Thursday, the official said, “we saw a convoy coming out. It was tracked by NATO. There was a limited amount of engagement.” The official said that forces under control of the Libyan National Transitional Council had also surrounded the area and were engaged in heavy exchanges of gunfire with the convoy. (Read More)
If it’s true that Gaddafi’s dead, does this mean we can end our kinetic military action?
Update: Here’s the Reuters report. As of about 9:00 AM Eastern Time the US is still trying to confirm Gaddafi’s status.
Update 2: Mediaite has posted the “death photo” that all of the cable networks have been airing. It’s not pretty, and I’m a bit surprised that it’s been all over the news.
Update 3: Gates of Vienna linked in a post titled “Farewell to the Man of Many Spellings.” And good riddance.