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Libya officials: Gadhafi captured, possibly killed

By CHRISTOPHER GILLETTE and RAMI AL-SHAHEIBI
Associated Press

SIRTE, LIBYA (AP) — Officials in Libya’s transitional government say Moammar Gadhafi has been captured and possibly killed in the fall of his hometown but there is no confirmation from the country’s most senior leaders.

NATO says it hit a convoy of Gadhafi’s loyalists fleeing Sirte on Thursday morning but it could not confirm whether the ousted Libyan leader was in the convoy or possibly killed or captured.

Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam says he has confirmed that Gadhafi was dead from fighters that said they saw the body. He says he expects the prime minister to confirm the death soon, noting that past reports emerged “before making 100 percent confirmation.”

Past reports of Gadhafi deaths or captures have later proven incorrect.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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