Libya may now finally be free of the dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi as reports stream in that he has been killed in or near his hometown of Sirte. Officials in Tripoli say he was captured and died from wounds. There are several versions at this point in what exactly happened. The first one was that Gaddafi was found hiding in a ′rabbit-hole′ at one of his strongholds which rebels had overrun. Gaddafi surrendered but then attempted to escape, was shot multiple times and he then died from his wounds. Another version is that Gaddafi was found wounded in a ditch near where a convoy of up to 100 vehicles had been attempting to escape Sirte, but were attacked by a NATO airstrike. Again, once rebels found Gaddafi, he died from his wounds. Another story is that even after being wounded, a rebel soldier shot Gaddafi in the head, killing him instantly.
So take your pick. Odds are that we may never know the real story. There is a cell phone image allegedly of a dead Muammar al-Gaddafi floating around the Internet. But it could be anyone from Fu Manchu to a Sasquatch. Perhaps if there are US Special Forces in Libya, a team can rush over to Sirte and get a DNA sample to confirm that Gaddafi is indeed dead.
The celebrations in Tripoli have begun as the people of Libya rejoice that Muammar al-Gaddafi has been killed. For the last few weeks, rebels have been assaulting Gaddafi′s hometown of Sirte, battling what may be the last of his loyal troops. Details of how it went down are still coming in, ranging from his being shot while escaping from being captured to being severely wounded from a NATO airstrike while fleeing Sirte in a convoy of vehicles. Official confirmation from the US government has yet to be established.