October 20, 2011 / 12:09 PM / 6 years ago

Gaddafi dies of wounds - NTC official

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi died of wounds suffered in his capture near his hometown of Sirte on Thursday, a senior NTC military official said.

<p>Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gives a speech in Rome in this August 30, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Max Rossi/Files</p>

National Transitional Council official Abdel Majid Mlegta told Reuters earlier that Gaddafi was captured and wounded in both legs at dawn on Thursday as he tried to flee in a convoy which NATO warplanes attacked.

“He was also hit in his head,” the official said. “There was a lot of firing against his group and he died.”

There was no independent confirmation of his remarks.

Reporting by Samia Nakhoul; editing by David Stamp

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