Confirmed Gaddafi dead: New York Yankees baseball fan 'captured' tyrant
A man holds up Colonel Gaddafi golden gun (Pic: Getty Images)
Evil dictator Colonel Gaddafi was captured cowering in a drainage pipe by a 20-year-old rebel fighter wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap, it was claimed tonight.
Mohammed El Bibi was hoisted onto the shoulders of his fellow NTC comrades and waved Gaddafi's slimline gold 9mm Browning Hi-Power gun in the air in triumph.
He told the BBC that he was the one who had captured the tyrant and that he had snatched his prized gun from as he lay dying in the dirt.
As Bibi was paraded on the streets of Sirte, volley after volley of gunfire could be heard in celebration.
Mohammed waves Gaddafi's gun in the air (Pic Getty)
Fugitive Colonel Gaddafi was executed in cold blood in a drainage ditch desperately begging for his life.
The toppled despot is thought to have fled his car after his speeding convoy fleeing his Sirte stronghold was attacked in a NATO airstrike at UK time.
Two fighter jets attacked the vehicles as they fled the Sirte assault, although neither of the planes that struck the convoy was flown by the RAF.
Another two-plane formation of British Tornado ground attack aircraft were on surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Libya at the time.
As the NATO strike on Gaddafi’s convoy hit the lead vehicles his aides started trying to exit from cars and escape on foot, realising the game was up.
Then as Gaddafi and several aides tried to run into the safety of a drainage ditch they were shot dead by rebel fighters pursuing them on foot.
Libya’s national Transitional Council vice-chairman Abdul Hafiz Ghoga told a news conference in Benghaz: “We announce to the world that Muammar Gaddafi has been killed at the hands of the revolutionaries.
“We will announce the liberation of Libya within hours, maybe sooner.”
It was initially reported that Gaddafi had been wounded and taken into custody by ambulance but witnesses said he was found cowering in a concrete pipe, pleading for his life.
A large concrete pipe where Gaddafi is thought to have been hiding
The area where Gaddafi was captured
The 69 year-old despot was shot in the head and both legs after fleeing a final rebel assault on besieged Sirte, his birthplace and hometown.
Opposition fighters said he died of his wounds shortly after the attack at dawn as the remnants of his loyalist inner-circle were overrun within the city.
His bloodied corpse - eyes half open, a bloodied mouth and blood on his head - was displayed on live television and beamed all around the world.
Colonel Gaddafi's reign has ended
Sirte has been taken by the National Transitional Council
Colonel Gaddafi pictured in March
Revolutionary fighters celebrate the capture of Sirte
An anti-Gaddafi fighter prepares ammunition in the centre of Sirte
An image of Gaddafi next to a copy of the Economist among belongings in a Sirte house
Anti-Gaddafi fighters celebrate
Anti-Gaddafi fighters hug after the capture of Sirte