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Breaking News: former Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi killed in Sirte, Libya

Sirte, Libya, October 20, 2011

According to the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC), today former Libyan dictator Moammar Kadafi succumbed to gunshot wounds in his head and his legs. After his capture in Sirte, Libya, he was in critical condition carried off with an ambulance.

Kadafi was in a convoy trying to flee Sirte. NATO would have bombard the convoy. The death of the former dictator was confirmed by the Libyan top official Abdelmajid of the National Transitional Council.

U.S. President Barack Obama’s statement on Kadafi’s death:

“Today, the government of Libya announced the death of Moammar Gadhafi. This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya, who now have the opportunity to determine their own destiny and a new and democratic Libya. For four decades, the Gadhafi regime ruled the Libyan people with an iron fist. Basic human rights were denied, innocent civilians were detained, beaten and killed, Libya’s wealth was squandered. The enormous potential of the Libyan people was held back, and terror was used as a political weapon,. Today we can definitively say that the Gadhafi regime has come to an end. The last major regime strongholds have fallen. A new government is consolidating control over the country. One of the world’s longest serving dictators is no more.

“One year ago, the notion of a free Libya seemed impossible, but then the Libyan people rose up and demanded their rights. And when Gadhafi and his forces started going city to city, town by town to brutalize men, women and children, the world refused to stand idly by. Faced with the potential of mass atrocities and a call for help from the Libyan people, the United States and our friends and allies, stopped Gadhafi’s forces in their tracks. A coalition that included the United States, NATO and Arab nations persevered through the summer to protect Libyan civilians. Meanwhile, the courageous Libyan people fought for their own future and broke the back of the regime.

“This is a momentous day in the history of Libya. 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, tolerant and democratic Libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke to Gadhafi’s dictatorship. We look forward to the announcement of the
Country’s liberation, a quick formation of an interim government, and a stable transition to Libya’s first free and fair election. And we call on our Libyan friends to continue to work with the international community to secure dangerous materials and to respect the rights of all Libyans, including those who’ve been detained.

“We are under no illusions. Libya will travel a long and winding road to full democracy. There will be difficult days ahead. But the United States, together with the international community, is committed to the Libyan people. You have won your revolution. Now we will be a partner as you forge a future that provides dignity, freedom and opportunity. For the region, today’s events prove once more that the rule of an iron fist inevitably comes to an end. Across the Arab world, citizens have stood up to claim their rights. Youth are delivering a powerful rebuke to dictatorship. And those leaders who try to deny their human dignity will not succeed.”

Update 10-20-2011: according to the News Channel al-Arabiya is the body of Kadafi transferred to the city of Misurata.
Update 10-20-2011: Anees al-Sharif, spokesman for Tripoli’s military council, said Gadhafai’s son Muatassim and his chief of intelligence, Abdullah al-Senussi, also were killed.
Update 10-20-2011:  statement U.S. President Barack Obama on Kadafi’s death.

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