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GADDAFI, Wounded, weakened and covered in blood and dirt: Photos

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Wounded, weakened and covered in blood and dirt, the bedraggled fallen dictator was hauled from a truck to meet his unceremonious end.


In front of a baying mob and amid gun-waving chaotic scenes, Muammar Gaddafi, the former Libyan leader, begged the revolutionary soldiers for his life.


Becoming increasingly desperate, he asked one rebel fighter: 'What did I ever do to you?'
But his pleas fell on deaf ears.


The deposed despot was thrown onto another truck and taken away - to be mercilessly shot to death.

His spilt blood heralded the end of a terrible 42-year epoch in Libyan history.

Scroll down for video of Gaddafi's last minutes...


Pleading: Muammar Gaddafi was killed today

Pleading: Muammar Gaddafi pleaded with his captors for his life after he was found cowering in a storm drain




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Paraded: Gaddafi struggled with his captors in this video footage taken by rebel fighters after he was captured


Terrified: Gaddafi pleaded for his life after he was captured by rebel fighters

Terrified: Gaddafi pleaded for his life after he was captured by rebel fighters




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Fear: Becoming increasingly desperate, Gaddafi asked a rebel fighter 'What did I ever do to you'




Chaotic: Gaddafi was pushed around by rebel fighters, one of whom filmed the incident on a mobile telephone

Chaotic: Gaddafi was pushed around by rebel fighters, one of whom filmed the incident on a mobile telephone




These gruesome pictures are taken from a video that has emerged of the tyrant's final moments after he was captured earlier today.


After weeks of speculation as to his whereabouts, Gaddafi was finally tracked down and killed in Sirte, his final stronghold and the town of his birth.

 

Like Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi's last hiding place was no more than a hole in the ground, a storm drain near to where his last few loyalists had staged their last stand


As news of his death swept through the country and across the world, bloody images of the 69-year-old tyrant slumped across the legs of a revolutionary fighter emerged. 


Struggle: Video footage shows Gaddafi being hauled off a rebel fighter truck minutes after his capture

Struggle: Video footage shows Gaddafi being hauled off a rebel fighter truck minutes after his capture




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Manhandled: Rebel fighters pictured being taken off a truck shortly after he was detained




Arguing: Gaddafi pictured minutes before he was killed

Arguing: Gaddafi pictured in chaotic video footage minutes before he was killed



Libya's prime minister Mahmoud Jibril this afternoon confirmed the former dictator was dead and that Gaddafi's eldest son Saif was yesterday shot in the leg during a firefight and taken to hospital.


'We have been waiting for this moment for a long time,' said Jibril. 'Muammar Gaddafi has been killed'

The news was also welcomed by David Cameron who said he was 'proud' of the role Britain had played in protecting Libyan civilians.


Gaddafi is the first leader to be killed in the Arab Spring wave of popular uprisings that swept the Middle East. It is believed he will be given a secret burial.


Brutal: There had been fierce fighting around the drain before Gaddafi was finally killed. The body of a fighter can be seen in the dust at the centre of the screen

Brutal: There had been fierce fighting around the drain before Gaddafi was finally killed. The body of a fighter can be seen in the dust at the centre of the screen




Already a monument: As celebrations continued, more and more graffiti appeared at the entrance to the drain where the leader was eventually found

Already a monument: As celebrations continued, more and more graffiti appeared at the entrance to the drain where the leader was eventually found




Battleground: Bodies of suspected Gaddafi loyalists lie outside the storm drains their leader was captured

Battleground: Bodies of suspected Gaddafi loyalists lie outside the storm drains their leader was captured




Headshot: The body of former Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi lies in an ambulance as it is brought to hospital in Misrata, a bullet hole visible in his temple

Headshot: The body of former Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi lies in an ambulance as it is brought to hospital in Misrata, a bullet hole visible in his temple




The revolutionary offensive began around 8am local time and progressed quickly into the town centre.

Gaddafi had been barricaded in with his heavily armed loyalists in the last few buildings they held west of the central Green Square.


Nato airstrikes and revolutionary ground forces concentrated on a compound in that area of the town.

National Transitional Council (NTC) soldiers said that a convoy of at least five vehicles tried to leave the town in the early morning, but it came under sustained fire - first from a Hellfire missile and then from French fighters jets which were part of the Nato force.


The vehicles were forced to return to the loyalist-controlled area as battle continued.


Gaddaffi, already injured, was found a short time later in a large storm-water drain.


Fighter Mohammed Al Bibi told reporters that the toppled tyrant had pleaded 'Don't shoot, don't shoot' as he attempted to surrender.


He had been wounded in the legs. 


NTC official Abdel Majid Mlegta said: 'He [Gaddafi] was also hit in his head.


'There was a lot of firing against his group and he died.' 


Mobile phone footage, released shortly after the news of his capture broke, showed a bloodied Gaddafi being manhandled.


Al Jazeera also showed footage of what appeared to be Gaddafi's shirtless and lifeless body being dragged along the ground.


The body was then taken to the nearby city of Misrata, which Gaddafi's forces were besieged for months in one of the bloodiest fronts of the civil war. 


Al-Arabiya TV showed footage of Gaddafi's bloodied body carried on the top of a vehicle surrounded by a large crowd chanting: 'The blood of the martyrs will not go in vain.'


Devastated: NATO airstrikes and revolutionary ground forces concentrated on a compound in Sirte, where they believed Gaddafi was hiding

Devastated: NATO airstrikes and revolutionary ground forces concentrated on a compound in Sirte, where they believed Gaddafi was hiding




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Battle scarred: Rebel fighters look at the corpse of a Gaddafi loyalist (left) as another rebel (right) who claims to have witnessed the capture holds up Gaddafi's shoe as a trophy




Bombed out: Vehicles belonging to Gaddafi's supporters sit destroyed near Sirte after NATO airstrikes

Bombed out: Vehicles belonging to Gaddafi's supporters sit destroyed near Sirte after NATO airstrikes




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Double celebration: Anti-Gaddafi fighters celebrate the fall of Sirte, but the news soon came that the leader himself had been captured

Double celebration: Anti-Gaddafi fighters celebrate the fall of Sirte, but the news soon came that the leader himself had been captured





End of conflict: The fall of Sirte ends the last significant resistance by forces loyal to the deposed leader, and ends a two-month siege

End of conflict: The fall of Sirte ends the last significant resistance by forces loyal to the deposed leader, and ends a two-month siege




All that's left: A lone revolutionary soldier fires into the air in celebration. Behind him lies the ruins of a town all but destroyed by fighting

All that's left: A lone revolutionary soldier fires into the air in celebration. Behind him lies the ruins of a town all but destroyed by fighting



Rebels said he had been armed with a golden handgun when he was found and was wearing a khaki uniform. Later images showed young revolutionary soldiers cheering and holding a golden handgun.

Other soldiers say they slapped the dead Gaddafi's face with a shoe to express their disgust and lack of respect. 

The reports of Gaddafi's capture came on the same day that revolutionary forces said that they had taken control of Sirte - the leader's home town.

Celebrations: Thousands came out on the streets of Tripoli as news of the dictator's demise spread

Celebrations: Thousands came out on the streets of Tripoli as news of the dictator's demise spread



Joy: Many carried flags while some showed off pictures of the dead dictator who had been in power for 40 years

Joy: Many carried flags while some showed off pictures of the dead dictator who had been in power for 40 years



Initial reports from CNN and the National Transitional Council (NTC) said Gaddafi was in custody, while Al Jazeera reported that a ‘big fish’ had been caught but did not provide a name. Al Jazeera later joined Al-Arabiya in saying that Gaddafi had been killed, but did not provide any further information.

Libya's transitional government forces have taken full control of the city - the last stronghold of Gaddafi loyalists. Gaddafi's presence there would explain why fighting had been so intense in the past few weeks.

Al Jazeera reported spontaneous celebration in cities like Benghazi and Tripoli, with people cheering and shouting, car horns sounding and small arms fire being heard.

The official also said the head of Gaddafi's armed forces, Abu Bakr Younus Jabr, was also  killed during the capture of the former Libyan leader.

The NTC said Sirte's fall would be the point at which it would declare Libya liberated. The transitional authorities have said a new government would then be formed within a month, and the current administration would resign.

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Golden trophy: Young Libyans hold a gold-plated handgun belonging to Gaddafi, left, while a still from mobile phone footage purportedly shows his bloodied body being carried in the street in Sirte




PROFILE OF GADDAFI


Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was born in 1942 near the desert region of Libya bordering the Mediterranean along the Gulf of Sirte.

Gaddafi entered the Libyan military academy at Benghazi in 1961 and graduated in 1966.

On September 1, 1969, at a time when King Idris had already been in Turkey for several months for health reasons, Gaddafi seized power in a bloodless military coup and proclaimed the Libyan Arab Republic.

On gaining power, Gaddafi ordered the shutdown of American and British military bases. In 1973 he nationalised all foreign-owned petroleum assets in the country. His government's support for Islamist groups worldwide brought him into conflict with the United States, and in 1986, US warplanes bombed several sites in Libya.

Gaddffi adopted an anti western, anti imperialism approach that saw him becoming the enemy of the west.

Gaddafi's strong military support and finances however gained him several allies across the African continent.

He served as the head of the AU for a year after being elected to the post in February 2009. 

After several years of antagonism between him and the west, their [western leaders and Gaddafi] relations had improved in recent years.

This was however to change when political protests began in Libya in February this year against Gaddafi's government. During the following week, these protests gained significant momentum and size, despite stiff resistance from the Gaddafi government.

The United States, France and NATO interfered in the Libyan uprising targeting Colonel Gaddafi using their airstrikes and killing thousands of civilians in the process.

Colonel Gaddafi remained defiant, continuing to give addresses through radio, calling upon his supporters to crush the rebels.

He was toppled in August by NATO forces after 42 years in power.

Today, Colonel Gaddafi was killed by rebel forces in the morning near his hometown of Sirte.

He will be to many a hero who went down fighting and exposed the west’s decolonising mission in Africa in order to secure the continent’s rich resources, that is oil in the case of Libya.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2051361/Gaddafi-dead-Picture-Libya-dictator-captured-killed-Sirte.html#ixzz1bLtc5V1u
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Anonymous user 6 years
Lets Hope Libya comes after Bob and his buddies
Anonymous user 6 years
He shudnt have bn killed. He shud have bn given tym 2 meet justice
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