"It is an historic moment. It is the end of tyranny and dictatorship. Gaddafi has met his fate,'' he added. Another NTC commander said one of Gaddafi's sons, Mutassim, was also killed in Sirte.
"We found him dead. We put his body and that of (former defence minister) Abu Bakr Yunis Jabar in an ambulance to take them to Misrata,'' said Mohamed Leith (here).
NTC fighters who had fought in the bloody seven-month conflict that toppled the veteran despot at a cost of more than 25,000 lives, erupted in jubilation at the news, which followed earlier reports that Gaddafi had been captured.A photograph taken on a mobile phone appeared to show the 69-year-old Gaddafi, toppled by NTC fighters in August, heavily bloodied. In the poor-quality image, Gaddafi is seen with blood-soaked clothing and blood daubed across his face.
Gaddafi is a man of character. I remember during his 2009 visit to New York to address a meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), he delivered a stinging speech which could only be described as erratic. It was marked by a tearing of the UN charter.
In his speech, Gaddafi also wondered aloud whether swine flu was manufactured as a weapon and said that the Security Council should be renamed the 'terror council' and demanded investigations into the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
The episode raised Gaddafi's profile in Western media and left many people eager to know more about who he was. In one instance, Gaddafi initially refused to have his picture taken for a US visa application. An aide suggested that the US consulate instead photograph one of the hundreds of billboards in Libya that featured his image and shrink it to fit its criteria.
Gaddafi was well-known for his carefully constructed photo ops and media events. His image was plastered on billboards and banners throughout Libya, often portraying him as a hero of the people. His face was also featured on commemorative stamps and state currency.
He even once presented Condoleezza Rice, the former US secretary of state, with a locket that had his image engraved on the inside!And now that he is gone (as many believe), the future of Libya is uncertain. The country may be torn apart into several groupings, especially between pro-Gaddafi supporters and the NTC faction which received strong support from Nato and Washington.
A new government will be installed. Would Libya be turned into another Iraq and Afghanistan - getting a new pro-Washington puppet regime?
During that 1984 interview, Gaddafi said the United Nations HQ should be shifted from New York to a no-man's land, abolish the veto power and stop the dictation of the US and other super powers on its administration.
By the way, how do our leaders react to the news?