Libya’s ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed after fighters captured him near his hometown of Sirte, Al Arabia TV said on Friday, citing the doctor who performed DNA tests on Gaddafi’s body.
The Libyan Transitional Council has confirmed the death of the dictator; however, details of the capture and the killing are still not completely clear and are expected to be clarified later.
On the one hand, amateur mobile phone footage on the internet appears to show him as captured in a bloodied state but still alive before the news of his death broke out. On the other hand, Al-Jazeera TV has shown footage of a man resembling the former Libyan leader lying dead or severely wounded.
Rupert Colville, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for an investigation into Gaddafi’s death. “The two videos ... taken together are very disturbing,” he added.
Gaddafi was hit by a bullet in the head and another in the stomach, Dr. Ibrahim Tika told Al Arabiya. The leader’s son Motassim was shot in the upper part of his chest at short range and died after his father.
Gaddafi’s burial, which under Islamic tradition should take place as soon as possible, has been delayed for several days until arrangements for a location are finalized, Oil Minister of Libya's interim government Ali Tarhouni told Reuters on Friday.
An international commission of inquiry, launched by the UN Human Rights Council, is already investigating killings, torture and other crimes in Libya. Colville said he expected the mission to look into the circumstances of Gaddafi’s death as well.
NATO is expected to declare an end to its Libya campaign in the coming hours.