NTC announces Muammar Gaddafi's death
Benghazi - Veteran Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi has been killed by new regime forces in their final assault on the last pocket of resistance in his hometown Sirte, a National Transitional Council spokesperson said.
"We announce to the world that Gaddafi has been killed at the hands of the revolution," Abdel Hafez Ghoga said.
"It is an historic moment. It is the end of tyranny and dictatorship. Gaddafi has met his fate," he added.
A video circulating among NTC fighters in Sirte showed mobile phone footage of what appeared to be Gaddafi's bloodied corpse.
In the grainy images seen by an AFP correspondent, a large number of NTC fighters are seen yelling in chaotic scenes around a khaki-clad body which has blood oozing from the face and neck.
The body is then dragged off by the fighters and loaded in the back of a pick-up truck.
A stills photograph taken on a mobile phone and obtained by AFP showed Gaddafi heavily bloodied but it was not clear from the picture whether he was alive or dead at the time.
In the grainy image, Gaddafi is seen with blood-soaked clothing and blood daubed across his face.