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NTC military chief says toppled leader died of wounds following capture near his hometown of Sirte.
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2011 14:25
Abdul Hakim Belhaj, an NTC military chief, said Gaddafi had died of his wounds after being captured near Sirte on Thursday.
The body of the former Libyan leader was taken to a location which is being kept secret for security reasons, an NTC official said.
"Gaddafi's body is with our unit in a car and we are taking the body to a secret place for security reasons," Mohamed Abdel Kafi, an NTC official in the city of Misrata, told Reuters news agency.
The news came shortly after the NTC captured Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown, after weeks of fighting.
"Thank God they have caught this person. In one hour, Sirte was liberated," a fighter in the town said.
Meanwhile, there were conflicting reports about the fate of one of his sons, Mutassim Gaddafi.
Mahmoud Shammam, the NTC's information minister, said he had received reports that Mutassim had been captured alive, but that he could not confirm the news.
"Our information from the commanders in the field is that Mutassim Gaddafi has been captured alive in Sirte," he told Reuters.
However, Mohamed Leith, an NTC commander, told the AFP news agency that he had been killed.
"We found him dead. We put his body and that of [former defence minister] Abu Bakr Younus in an ambulance to take them to Misrata".
Abdul Hakim Al Jalil, commander of the NTC's 11th brigade, said that Moussa Ibrahim, former spokesman for Gaddafi's fallen government, had been captured near Sirte.
NATO and the US state department said they could not confirm any reports.
Meanwhile in Benghazi and Tripoli, crowds gathered in the streets to start celebrating the death of Gaddafi.
Al Jazeera and agencies