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Rumors concerning Libya’s ex-dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s cause of death continue to circulate Thursday afternoon.
Forty-two years of terror ended today with the killing of ex-Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Libya’s prime minister confirmed Gaddafi’s death this morning.
According to a Senior NATO official, ex-dictator Muammar Gaddafi was wounded in an air strike that took place this morning. In the airstrike, a French warplane and a U.S. predator drone fired weapons, including a Hellfire missile, into a convoy trying to flee Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte.
Most contest that Gaddafi escaped the air attack with injuries, and took refuge in a nearby concrete sewer tunnel located in a drainage ditch.
Ironically, Gaddafi once referred to those uprising against his power as “rats,” yet as rebels joyously highlight, it was Gaddafi in the end who was found hiding in a sewer pleading for mercy.
Libya’s Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril has reported that according to the forensics report, Gaddafi was shot once in the arm when found in the sewer tunnel, and then shot in the head in transit from the tunnel to the hospital.
“When the car was moving it was caught in crossfire between the revolutionaries and Gaddafi forces in which he was hit by a bullet in the head',” Jibril said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.
“The forensic doctor could not tell if it came from the revolutionaries or from Gaddafi's forces," he added.
Jibril then went on to add that Gaddafi died minutes before reaching the hospital.
CNN contends that it is premature to say Gaddafi died from a bullet wound in his head, but predicts all reports will be finalized by tonight.
Popular speculation contends that young rebel Mohammed Al-Bibi, donning a camouflage Yankees cap, found Gaddafi and shot him with Gaddafi’s own gold gun.
Regardless of how he died, both President Obama and Prime Minister Jibril contend that the developments serve as a promising future for Libya.
“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time,” confirmed Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril.
“This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for Libya,” contended American President Barack Obama.
Although he was ousted from power in late August, Gaddafi loyalists continued to resist the new Libyan government, prolonging an 8 month civil war and halting the country’s political progression.
The dictator ruled Libya with an iron fist for 42 years.
The media is circulating footage of Libyans celebrating the death of Gaddafi. The dictator’s death signifies that the civil war is effectively over, and there is a promising future of the Libyan people.
With the death of the dictator, questions arise concerning the future of Libya’s government. Critics wonder if the Transitional Council will be able to uphold a democratic government without the need for military support.
Gaddafi was wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, for crimes against humanity. It was believed that after rebels captured Tripoli and were unable to find Gaddafi there, that he was hiding in his hometown of Sirte, which is where he was killed today.