Libyan leader Muammar Kadhafi was killed on Thursday (October 20th) after opposition fighters entered his hometown of Sirte, wire agencies reported.
Kadhafi, 69, ruled Libya for 42 years.
National Transitional Council Deputy Chairman Abdelhafed Ghoga said that ousted Libyan leader died while attempting to flee Sirte. Libyan TV channel "Libya lil Ahrar" displayed graphic images of what is claimed to be his bullet-riddled corpse.
The defence minister in Kadhafi's regime, Abu Bakr Yunis, was also reportedly killed in the final battle for the besieged city. His body was identified at the field hospital where it was brought in a pick-up truck on Thursday, according to medical officials.
The news of Kadhafi's capture comes as NTC fighters were carrying out a mopping up operation in the city's Number Two residential neighbourhood, the last redoubt of his loyalists in all of Libya.
Some 40 vehicles carrying senior regime figures and pro-Kadhafi fighters reportedly broke out of the neighbourhood and NTC troops had given chase, commanders said. There was no word as to whether Kadhafi was part of the large vehicle convoy.
Earlier this week, eastern front operations chief Wesam bin Hamaibi said the NTC was sure that Kadhafi's son and national security chief Moatassim, his ousted defence minister Abu Bakr Yunis and even Kadhafi himself were inside the city.
"We have been waiting for this moment for a long time," said Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril.