Libyan dictator Colonel Moammar Gadhafi has been killed while trying to flee forces of the Transitional National Council, the interim government that replaced his regime in August, interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril told journalists in Tripoli. Gadhafi’s son Mutassim has also been killed in the attack, along with Abdullah al-Senussi, head of the former dictator’s intelligence services.
Gadhafi’s latest stronghold, his home town of Sirte had fallen in the hands of the interim government, while the NTC forces have captured former spokesman of the dictator, Mussa Ibrahim, near Sirte. Seif al-Islam, another of Gadhafi’s sons is still on the run and no Libyan official is able to comment on his whereabouts.
The battle for Sirte lasted several weeks and turned into a bloodshed for both sides in the conflict. The NTC now claims Libya can be declared a liberated country after Collonel Gadhafi was on the run for more than two months. According to Libyan sources, he never slept in the same house twice in a row being very experienced in tactics of hiding. American and European armed forces have bombed his strongholds many times in the past but Gadhafi managed to survive all attacks.
After Mahmoud Jibril confirmed the news on Gadhafi’s death, a NATO spokesperson said the Alliance leaders are going to discuss NATO operation in Libya, and put an end to NATO’s involvement in the conflict.
Gadhafi was in power for 42 years after plotting and heading a coup against King Idris in 1969.