SIRTE, LIBYA (AP) — Video reveals that Moammar Gadhafi was captured wounded but alive today in his hometown of Sirte.
The video aired on Arab TV shows the former Libyan leader in a blood-soaked shirt, with his face bloodied. He is standing upright, being pushed along by fighters, and he appears to struggle against them, stumbling and shouting.
The fighters push him onto the hood of a pickup truck, and then drag him away, apparently toward an ambulance.
A short time later, he was dead. Later footage shows fighters rolling Gadhafi’s body over on the pavement, stripped to the waist, with his head bloody.
A doctor who was part of the medical team that accompanied the body from Sirte to Misrata in an ambulance says Gadhafi died from two bullet wounds, to the head and chest.
In Misrata, the body was paraded through the streets on top of a vehicle, as a large crowd chanted.
The fighters who killed Gadhafi today are believed to have come from Misrata. It’s a city that suffered a brutal siege by Gadhafi’s forces that lasted for weeks during the eight-month-long civil war.
By most accounts, Gadhafi had been barricaded during his final hours with heavily-armed loyalists in the last few buildings they held in his coastal hometown.
At one point, a convoy tried to flee the area and was blasted by NATO airstrikes. But the country’s prime minister says Gadhafi wasn’t killed by that strike.
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