His body has been taken to a location which is being kept secret for security reasons, an NTC official said. “Qaddafi’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.
There were unconfirmed reports that Colonel Qaddafi may have been wounded when NATO warplanes struck a convoy trying to spirit him away from Sirte. NATO officials declined to comment on the reports. His capture and death followed weeks of fighting in Sirte between NTC forces and Qaddafi loyalists.
“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Qaddafi has been killed,” Mahmoud Jibril, the prime minister of the interim government, told a news conference in Tripoli.
At the European Union headquarters in Brussels, President Herman Van Rompuy said Colonel Qaddafi’s death “marks the end of an era of despotism,” Agence France-Presse reported.
Libyans rejoiced as news of his death spread. Car horns blared in Tripoli and in the eastern city of Benghazi, where the rebellion against Colonel Qaddafi began in February.
NTC officials are also reporting that there forces have captured or killed one of Qaddafi’s sons Mutassim Gaddafi and Moussa Ibrahim, former spokesman for Gaddafi’s fallen government, near Sirte. NATO and the US state department said they could not confirm these reports.