Deposed Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi had been captured and killed by rebel forces in his hometown of Sirte, according to the country's interim rulers.
According to CNN, a NATO operation above a convoy in which Gaddafi had been riding resulted in the eventual death of the longtime Libyan leader. It was not clear as to whether the shots which eventually killed Gaddafi were those of rebels, CIA operatives or the NATO operation.
Though at this hour, the U.S. State Department has not confirmed the reports, Arizona Sen. John McCain has reportedly said he is confident the Libyan leader is dead. CNN is reporting possible CIA involvment in the assasination of the tyranical Libyan leader.
Leaders with Libya's transitional government are confirming his death.
"He (Gaddafi) was also hit in his head," National Transitional Council (NTC) official Abdel Majid Mlegta told Reuters. "There was a lot of firing against his group and he died."
Mlegta told Reuters previously that Gaddafi, who was believed to be around 69 years old, was captured and wounded in both legs around dawn on Thursday as he tried to escape in a convoy under attack by NATO warplanes. Mlegta told the news agency that Gaddafi had been taken away by an ambulance.
Jamal abu-Shaalah, a field commander of the NTC, also told Al Jazeera in earlier reports that the deposed leader had been captured, but it was not known whether he was dead or alive.
A photograph taken on a cell phone and reportedly obtained by Agence France-Presse appeared to show a bloodied Gaddafi, but the authenticity of the image has not yet been determined.
The assassination of the flamboyant and feared Libyan leader is the most recent in a series of dramatic Arab Spring rebellions that have shaken governments throughout the Mideast including Egypt, Tunsia and now Libya. Syrian and Yemenese leaders have been most certainly monitoring these developments.