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Libya - Col. Gaddafi Captured, Killed - Jibril

gaddafi capturedColonel Moammar Gadhafi has been captured and killed by rebel-led National Transitional Council (NTC) near Sirte, says Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril, confirming earlier Reuters reports.

Rebel fighters have been searching for the 69-year-old deposed dictator since August, when he fled the capital Tripoli after it was taken over by rebel forces.

Journalist @JustAmira said there are "crazy scenes of jubilation on every road in Tripoli" as Libyans learn of the news. Others greeted the news cautiously, saying the NTC has been wrong before, including one pro-Gadhafi Twitter troll who said 'Brother Leader is alive and well' and that the reports were 'NTC propaganda'.

More reports say that the former Libyan leader died of his wounds and his body - stored in a meat locker - has been shown on Libyan television.

In a joint statement, EU President Herman Van Rompuy and President José Manuel Barroso said: "the reported death of Muammar Gaddafi marks the end of an era of despotism and repression from which the Libyan people have suffered for too long. Today Libya can turn a page in its history and embrace a new democratic future."

British Prime Minister David Cameron says people in Libya have an even greater chance now of building themselves a strong and democratic future.

"I think today is a day to remember all of Colonel Qadhafi’s victims, from those who died in connection with the Pan-Am flight over Lockerbie to Yvonne Fletcher in a London street and obviously all the victims of IRA terrorism who died through their use of Libyan Semtex," said Cameron.

"I’m proud of the role that Britain has played in helping them to bring that about and I pay tribute to the bravery of the Libyans who have helped to liberate their country," he said.

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