NTC military chief says toppled leader died of wounds following capture near his hometown of Sirte.
Abdul Hakim Belhaj, a NTC military chief, has confirmed that Muammar Gaddafi has died of his wounds after being captured near Sirte.
Earlier, Jamal abu-Shaalah, a field commander of NTC, told Al Jazeera that the toppled leader had been seized, but it was not clear whether he was dead or alive.
“He’s captured. He’s wounded in both legs … He’s been taken away by ambulance,” Abdel Majid, a senior NTC military official said.
A photograph taken on a mobile phone appeared to show Gaddafi heavily bloodied, but it was not possible to confirm the authenticity of this.
The news came shortly after the NTC captured Sirte, Gaddafi’s hometown, after weeks of fighting.
Former spokesman captured
Another NTC commander said that Moussa Ibrahim, former spokesman for Muammar Gaddafi’s fallen government, was captured near Sirte.
Abdul Hakim Al Jalil, commander of the 11th brigade, also said he had seen the body of the chief of Gaddafi’s armed forces, Abu Bakr Younus Jabr.
“I’ve seen him with my own eyes,” he said and showed Reuters a picture of Jabr’s body.
“Moussa Ibrahim was also captured and both of them were transferred to (our) operations room.”
NATO and the US state department said it cannot confirm any reports. Meanwhile in Benghazi, crowds gathered in the streets to start celebrating the reports of Gaddafi’s death.