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Gruesome pictures of his bloody body being dragged through the sunny streets of his home town Sirte, were beamed all over the globe – with glee from all who wished to see an end to the bloodshed on the Libyan streets.
Anti-Gaddafi rebels celebrated the momentous day after weeks of fighting trying to seize Sirte – which was the last town to be held by loyalist pro-Gaddafi forces.
Rumours swirled all Thursday afternoon about the state of play of the Colonel, who for weeks had been hiding from the Trojan rebel forces.
Representatives of the National Transitional Council confirmed the news that the Colonel had indeed been killed – although earlier reports suggested he had been captured.
Eye-witnesses told Sky that they claimed they had seen Gaddafi shot in the street – one claimed he had attacked him with a shoe when he was all bloodied. And one brandished a beaming gun – the 9milimetre, which had shot the Colonel dead.
Prime minister David Cameron came out of London’s Downing Street, and said that this was jubilant day for Libya, and he said he was proud of the role Britain had played in seeking to free Libya from 42 years of tyrant rule.
UK Labour’s Ed Miliband said a tragic era had come to an end.
The “Mad Dog” as he had become known had been taking to the airwaves over the last weeks, urging pro supporters of his regime to fight till the bitter end. He had urged loyalists to fight the “Rats” – and that the West were the real enemies of the Libyan people.
The dictator had vowed to live and die in Libya till the very end.
Now, Libya’s future rests in the hands of the NTC, who said in a statement that they would strive for free and fair elections in the country over the coming months.
Libya’s road to freedom began a couple of months ago, when Gaddafi’s living palace was seized by the rebel fighters, who then, in a symbol of victory, stamped on a Bronze statue of him in defiance.
They had tried to rise up earlier in the year, in March, but on that occasion, failed.
One by one Libyan towns easily fell in the hands of rebels – except Sirte, which loyalists had had a firm grip on for weeks.
PM Cameron remarked also that today was a day to also remember Gaddafi’s victims – including the Lockerbie tragedies, and the death of PC Yvonne Fletcher, who died in 1984, after being shot outside the Libyan Embassy in London.
Her family have still not had justice for that killing.
Some members of Gaddafi’s family had fled Libya. His PR chief Moussa Ibrahim is also rumoured to be dead.
There had been a $1 million dollar bounty on Gaddafi by NTC fighters.
Billions of Libyan assets had been unfrozen by NATO – and reports are that Libyan’s rich oil will be able to help the country get back on its feet.