Col Muammar Gaddafi is dead
Libya’s ex-leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has been killed after an assault on his home town of Sirte, the transitional authority’s acting prime minister says.
Mahmoud Jibril told a news conference in Tripoli it was time to launch a new, united Libya.
Video footage has been broadcast around the world showing a battered body claimed to be that of Col Gaddafi.
He was toppled in August after 42 years in power. The International Criminal Court has been seeking his arrest.
British Prime Minister David Cameron in a brief statement earlier said today is a day to remember all the victims of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
“Today is a day to remember all of Col Gaddafi’s victims,” the Prime Minister said, noting that those victims include British citizens who died over Libya and those killed by the IRA.
“People in Libya today have an even better chance of building a strong democracy. I am proud of the role Britain has played in helping them do that.”
Gaddafi was killed today when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after the regime fell.
Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril confirmed Gaddafi had been killed.
“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Gaddafi. has been killed,” Jibril told a news conference in the capital Tripoli.