Trípoli – The self-proclaimed provisional prime minister of Libya, Mahmoud Jibril, validated confirmations by other leaders of the National Transitional Council (NTC) on the death of Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday, although new images suggested a brief death by execution.
Jibril confirmed the statements made by NTC Vice Chief Abdul Hafiz Ghoga in Benghazi, during during a press conference in this capital, after rebels handed over a video showing Gaddafi’s corpse to an Arab TV station.
“We have been waiting for a moment like this for a long time. Muammar Gaddafi has been executed,” said Jibril.
Jibril had promised some weeks ago that he would resign as soon as NTC members occupy the city of Sirte, where Gaddafi was born.
Differently from a small video clip showing the corpse of the former Libyan leader, Jibril’s statement coincided with the broadcasting of new images showing a wounded Gaddafi, who appeared to be struggling to free himself from his captors, while it seemed they wanted to get him into a vehicle.
Diffused images broadcast by several Arab TV stations showed armed men aiming at Gaddafi. They later showed his body on the floor with gunshot wounds and bleeding.
This contradicts previous stories that Gaddafi died in an ambulance.
NTC spokesman and self-proclaimed Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam assured that Gaddafi was traveling in a caravan to try to leave Sirte, when the city was raided by planes from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
“We announce to the world that Muammar Gaddafi has died in the hands of rebels who took the city of Sirte on Thursday, the city where the now deceased former Libyan leader was born,” said Ghoga in Benghazi.
Ghoga pointed out that in a few hours, the NTC will announce what he described as “the liberation of Libya” and probably the composition of a transitional government.
Libyan television repoted that opponents have officially confirmed Gaddafi’s death to the U.S. authorities.
Other sources said the body of the Libyan leader was taken to a mosque in Misratah, and also confirmed that Muatassim Gaddafi, son of the ex leader, had been captured alive in Sirte.
The same source said Gaddafi’s spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim, was also captured and arrested.
Source: Prensa Latina
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