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Gaddafi death dominate International news

October 21, 2011

By Marlene Werner

AMSTERDAM – Circumstances surrounding the death of former Libyan dictator Col Muammar Gaddafi remain shrouded in mystery.

While Reuters reported that the Gaddafi has died of injuries contracted during the capture, plenty of online news outlets have been speculating he was shot in the head  moments after his capture.

According to BBC, a young Libyan fighter found Gaddafi hiding in a hole in Sirte, shouting “Don’t shoot!”

“If it is true, it is great news,” reacted Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in an interview with the Volkskrant.

He had not received official briefing on the death of Libya’s former leader by end of day Thursday.

“The capital city has erupted in celebration,” said a BBC correspondent in Tripoli.

Libyan TV reported the colonel’s death while NTC spokesman Mahmoud Shammam warned against hasty conclusions. “We are waiting for clear confirmation from the NTC in Benghazi,” he said to BBC.

If Gaddafi has been arrested and Sirte fallen, this would be a turning point for the Libyan revolution with the end of fighting and beginning of political progress, according to BBC’s Gabriel Gatehouse.

Gaddafi’s regime started seeing its end in February this year after more than four consecutive decades in power.

He is accused of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court.

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