Libya: Reports Gadhafi Captured and Possibly Killed

SIRTE, Libya (AP) - Officials in Libya's transitional government
said Moammar Gadhafi has been captured and possibly killed in the
fall of his hometown Sirte on Thursday. But there was no
confirmation from the country's most senior leaders.
Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam said he has confirmed that
Gadhafi was dead from fighters who said they saw the body. He said
he expects the prime minister to confirm the death soon, noting
that past reports emerged "before making 100 percent
confirmation."
"Our people in Sirte saw the body ... Mustafa Abdul-Jalil will
confirm it soon," he told The Associated Press. "Revolutionaries
say Gadhafi was in a convoy and that they attacked the convoy."
Col. Roland Lavoie, spokesman for NATO's operational
headquarters in Naples, Italy, said the alliance's aircraft
Thursday morning struck two vehicles of pro-Gadhafi forces "which
were part of a larger group maneuvering in the vicinity of Sirte."
But NATO officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in
accordance to alliance rules, said the alliance also could not
independently confirm whether Gadhafi was killed or captured.
The spokesman for Libya's transitional government, Jalal
al-Gallal, and its military spokesman Abdul-Rahman Busin said the
reports have not been confirmed.
The caution in making a definitive announcement came because
past reports of Gadhafi family deaths or captures have later proven
incorrect, even after they were announced by officials, because of
the confusion among the revolutionary forces' ranks and the
multiple bodies involved in commanding their fighters.
The Misrata Military Council, one of the command groups, said
its fighters captured Gadhafi. Another commander, Abdel-Basit
Haroun, says Gadhafi was killed when the airstrike hit the fleeing
convoy.


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