Thursday, October 20, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi wounded, captured in Sirte

Early reports coming out of Libya indicate that Muammar Gaddafi has been severely wounded and captured in his home town of Sirte.

Field commander Mohemmed Buras Ali Al-Maknee told Xinhua that a group of fighters from the western Libyan city of Misrata captured Gaddafi, who was severely injured, in Sirte.

Sirte is Gaddafi's birthplace.

Gaddafi has been taken away by a military helicopter to an unknown place, Al-Maknee said.

Gaddafi, who came to power in Libya in 1969, was overthrown in an uprising that began in February.

The Libyan television also reported that Gaddafi has been captured, but the report has not yet been officially confirmed by the NTC.

Mahmoud Shamman, information minister of the interim government, did not confirm the news, but told CNN that "a big fish" had been captured.

"It's a big victory for the Libyan people... it's a big fish," Shamman said in the capital city of Tripoli.

Other reports said the fallen leader was injured in both legs.
This is yet to be confirmed but is now being reported by multiple sites. Stay tuned
The Huffington Post is reporting that Gaddafi may in fact have been killed in the fighting, while Fox News reports that "He has been captured. He is badly wounded, but is still breathing."
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