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10-21-2011 09:25 BJT Special Report: Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi dies |


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TRIPOLI, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Mahmoud Jibril, head of the executive committee of Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC), said Thursday fallen leader Muammar Gaddafi did not resist when he was captured earlier in the day in his hometown Sirte.

Gaddafi died of his wounds around Thursday noon after he was found trying to flee by a group of NTC fighters from the western Libyan city of Misrata in Sirte, some 450 km east of Tripoli.

At an evening press conference in the capital, Jibril said that Gaddafi was pulled out from a drainage hole in Sirte on Thursday morning, and "completely in good health" when he was captured by NTC fighters.

Wearing his underwear and trousers and armed with a gun, Gaddafi, the former ruler of the North African country did not resist the arrest, Jibril told reporters.

Gaddafi was shot by a bullet in his right hand as he was to be sent onto a NTC pickup truck, Jibril said, stressing that he had no other injuries before the truck moved.

But when the vehicle started moving, there occurred "a cross- fire between the revolutionaries and the (Gaddafi) loyalists," when Gaddafi was shot and injured in his head, Jibril said, without confirming on whether the shot was made by the NTC fighters or Gaddafi's troops.

Jibril explained that the doctor said that there was not any sign of blows or bruises on the face of Gaddafi, who was still alive a few minutes before his arrival at the hospital.

Jibril, who has repeatedly denied his link with the upcoming Libyan interim government, then said the forensic doctors have collected the DNA sample of Gaddafi. He said that the report will be attached with pictures for submission to the International Criminal Court, adding that Gaddafi's body may be buried in Libya or abroad in an undisclosed location.

Gaddafi's fourth-eldest son Mutassim also died of severe injuries in his head in Sirte, Jibril said. Mutassim was also wounded in the back and neck, he added.

Earlier in the day, Jibril told a press conference in Tripoli that the liberation of Libya will be announced tonight or on Friday. But Mohamed Elsaih, a senior NTC official, told reporters on Thursday evening that the announcement will be made on Saturday in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city and the cradle of anti- Gaddafi protests in early 2011.


Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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