Biden: Libyans have rid country of dictator

October 23, 2011 - 11:50 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says the Libyan people have "gotten rid of a dictator" following the death of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Biden would not officially confirm Gadhafi's death. But he applauded the U.S. role in the NATO bombing campaign in Libya, saying "NATO got it right."

President Barack Obama plans to make his first comments on Gadhafi's killing at 2pm EDT. Biden spoke during an event in Plymouth, N.H.

A U.S. official says Libya's Transitional National Council informed the United States of Gadhafi's death shortly before Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril's announcement to his nation that the moment so many had waited for had come.