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Libya celebrates capture of Gadhafi in his hometown of Sirte

Esam Omran Al-Fetori / Reuters

Libyan fighters celebrate the fall of Sirte in on Oct. 20. Libyan interim government fighters captured Moammar Gadhafi's home town on Thursday, extinguishing the last significant resistance by forces loyal to the deposed leader and ending a two-month siege. The capture of Sirte means Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) should now begin the task of forging a new democratic system which it had said it would start after the city, built as a showpiece for Gadhafi's rule, had fallen.

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Ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi has been captured after the apparent fall of his hometown of Sirte, according to reports out of Libya.

National Transitional Council official Abdel Majid told Reuters that Gadhafi has been wounded in both legs. But Reuters later reported that Gadhafi had died of his wounds, citing a senior NTC military official.

Gadhafi was trying to flee in a convoy which NATO warplanes attacked, Majid said.

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