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Qaddafi dead, IRNA reporter in Tripoli says

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tripoli, Oct 20, IRNA -- Revolutionary fighters have killed deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan television said Thursday.

IRNA reporter in Tripoli Fardin Pazooki said that Qaddafi's convoy has been bombed while escaping after fall of Sirte and he is now dead.

'It's a great victory for the Libyan people,' said Libyan Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam.

Gaddafi ruled Libya with an iron fist for 42 years. The mercurial leader came to power in a bloodless coup against King Idris in 1969, when he was just an army captain.

By the end of his rule, he claimed to be 'King of Kings,' a title he had a gathering of tribal leaders grant him in 2008.

Earlier, anti-Gaddafi fighters said they had wrested control of the last holdout of loyalists in Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte. They said they were still battling pockets of resistance, but they were in control of the district.

Sirte has been the big prize for Libya's National Transitional Council, waiting for the coastal city to fall to officially declare liberation.

Gaddafi, wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, for alleged crimes against humanity has not been seen in public in months. Many believed he was hiding out in Sirte after rebel forces marched into Tripoli in August.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30622289

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