Breaking: Reports From Libya Say Gaddafi Is Dead...

By Staff | October 20, 2011 | 8:17 AM EDT

( - No comment yet from the Obama administration on reports that Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi was captured -- any possibly killed -- early Thursday when rebel fighters captured his hometown of Sirte.

The Reuters news service quoted an interim government official as saying that Gaddafi had been shot in both legs while trying to flee and was seriously injured. Reuters and Libyan TV are now reporting that Gaddafi has died.

Even before word of Gaddafi's capture, Libyan fighters were declaring victory over the last major resistance two months after the fall of Tripoli.

The former rebels celebrated by firing endless rounds into the sky, pumping their guns, knives and even a meat cleaver in the air and singing the national anthem, the Associated Press reported.

"Our forces control the last neighborhood in Sirte," Hassan Draoua, a member of Libya's interim National Transitional Council, told The Associated Press in Tripoli. "The city has been liberated."

Despite the fall of Tripoli on Aug, 21, Gadhafi loyalists mounted fierce resistance in several areas, including Sirte, preventing Libya's new leaders from declaring full victory in the eight-month civil war.


(The Associated Press contributed some of the information used in this update.)