Libya’s transitional government claims that deposed dictator Moammar Khadafy has been killed in the attack and fall of Sirte, his hometown.
Interim Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril told reporters in Tripoli that Khadafy was killed in the attack and fall of Sirte, his hometown.
An unnamed US official also confirmed Khadafy’s death to the Associated Press.
Other reports indicate that Khadafy’s son, Mutassim, and Gadhafi’s chief of intelligence, Abdullah al-Senussi, also have been killed.
Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.) called the news “an end to the first phase of the Libyan revolution.”
The U.S. and Europe “must now deepen our support of the Libyan people,” said McCain, the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee, in a statement.
Khadafy ruled the country for 42 years before a popular uprising gave way to a bloody NATO-backed civil war. Khadafy’s regime fell two months ago, and Sirte had been his last stronghold until now.
The image below, from a cell phone camera, allegedly shows Khadafy’s body. (WARNING, GRAPHIC)
(AFP PHOTO/PHILIPPE DESMAZES)