Muammar Gaddafi Shot Dead

Credible reports are coming in from various sources suggesting that Libyan Dictator Muammar Gaddafi was shot and killed.

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi died of wounds suffered on Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eight-month-old uprising against his rule overran his hometown Sirte, Libya’s interim rulers said.

His killing, which came swiftly after his capture near Sirte, is the most dramatic single development in the Arab Spring revolts that have unseated rulers in Egypt and Tunisia and threatened the grip on power of the leaders of Syria and Yemen.

“He (Gaddafi) was also hit in his head,” National Transitional Council official Abdel Majid Mlegta told Reuters. “There was a lot of firing against his group and he died.”

The U.S. has not yet confirmed the death and is working to verify the reports. A CNN reporter is calling for caution, saying false reports have been known to come out of the region.

CNN’s Ben Wedeman, who covers the region and has covered Libya extensively, said that much caution should be used with these reports because false information has come out previously. It is being reported that Gadhafi was found in a storm drain. “It’s a bit of surprise because we knew that he had escaped from Tripoli” with a lot of cash and weapons, Wedeman said. It would seem odd that Gadhafi would end up in a manhole-type of area, Wedeman said live on CNN.

The Telegraph has a gruesome and graphic picture that appears to depict the body of Muammar Gaddafi (Graphic Warning). Click here to view the photograph.

We’ll post updates as needed.

Eric Odom