By Ria Novosti
Libyans celebrated the death of Muammar Gaddafi with peals of gunfire on Thursday as news broke of the dictator’s death during an attack on his hometown of Sirte.
Gaddafi died of his injuries near Sirte, the National Transitional Council said.
The ousted dictator was reportedly captured, wounded in both legs and taken away in an ambulance.
“We announce to the world that Gaddafi has died at the hands of the revolution,” Abdel Hafez Ghoga, a spokesman for the National Transitional Council, was quoted by Al Arabiya as saying.
“It is a historic moment. It is the end of tyranny and dictatorship. Gaddafi has met his fate.”
Al Arabiya reported that the body of the deposed Libyan leader had arrived in Misrata and said it would be allowed to film the corpse.
The Aljazeera satellite TV channel quoted a doctor who examined his body in Misrata as saying Gaddafi had died of bullet wounds to the head and abdomen.
News agencies showed photos of a dead Gaddafi made with a cell phone.
Aljazeera TV showed the first photos of a dead Gaddafi made with a cell phone.
In one photo, Gaddafi, his face covered in blood, is being dragged to a vehicle.
According to some reports, Gaddafi was also hit in his head during an NTC raid on Sirte.
Earlier reports said Gaddafi was captured and “critically injured.”
However, Al Libya, a TV channel loyal to Gaddafi, has denied the reports.
Gaddafi’s son Motassim was also reported killed in Sirte.
NATO and the U.S. State Department said they could not confirm any of the reports.