Live blog: Libya’s National Transitional Council says Gadhafi dead – CNN

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There are reports that deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been either captured or killed.

[Update 8:39 a.m. ET] AbdelHakim Bilhajj, head of the National Transitional Council military arm in Tripoli, announced live on Al-Jazeera Arabic Thursday that deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is dead.

Al-Ahrar, a National Transitional Council TV station, reports that Gadhafi is dead. The station didn’t cite a source and the news couldn’t be independently confirmed.

NATO said its aircraft struck two pro-Gadhafi military vehicles in the Sirte vicinity Thursday.”These armed vehicles were conducting military operations and presented a clear threat to civilians,” Col. Roland Lavoie said.

Earlier Thursday morning CNN reported that revolutionary fighters said they had captured Gadhafi. That was reported on Libyan television Wednesday, Libya time. The report cited the Misrata Military Council. That report could not be independently confirmed by CNN. Around that time, the National Transitional Council military spokesman told CNN that reports of Gadhafi’s capture are only rumors. Abdurahman Bousin added at that time that it was doubtful that Gadhafi was even in or around his hometown of Sirte.

Meanwhile fighters loyal to the NTC took control of Sirte Thursday, the council said. CNN’s Dan Rivers is in Tripoli where massive crowds are cheering and honking their car horns. Many are shooting into the air in celebration.

[Update 8:07 a.m. ET] The State Department can’t confirm reports about the capture or killing of Moammar Gadhafi, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

[Update 7:32 a.m. ET]  A “big fish” has been captured in Libya, but a spokesman for the new rulers couldn’t say for sure whether it was former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Spamlister’s Comment: (速報) カダフィ殺害。

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