Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi killed

Thursday October 20, 2011

Libya's former president Col Muammar Gaddafi has been killed after an assault on his home town of Sirte.

The transitional authority's acting prime minister Mahmoud Jibril confirmed the news saying it was time to launch a new, united Libya.

"I think it's for the Libyans to realise that it's time to start a new Libya, a united Libya, one people, one future," Mr Jibril told a news conference in Tripoli.

Video footage has been broadcast around the world showing a battered body claimed to be that of Col Gaddafi.

In the capital Tripoli, there are throngs of people out on the streets. Car horns are blaring and many vehicles have their emergency lights blinking.

Photo: © Getty Images

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