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5:18pm: A Reuters witness saw a video on Thursday of the captured son of Muammar Gaddafi, Mo’tassim, lying on a bed and covered in blood, but alive. Mo’tassim was bearded and wearing a bloody singlet, wounded but clearly alive at the time the video was taken.
4:00pm: Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam is believed to be still at large in Libya’s desert, a member of the National Transitional Council said on Thursday after NTC officials said the former Libyan leader had been found and killed.
Abdelmajid Saif al-Nasr told Al Jazeera that Saif al-Islam, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, was last known to have been in the area of Bani Walid and was believed to be “in the desert” around the town.
“But he will be captured soon,” said Saif al-Nasr.
3:55pm: Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the former Libyan strongman who fled into hiding after rebels toppled his regime two months ago in the Arab Spring’s most violent uprising, was killed Thursday as fighters battling the vestiges of his loyalist forces wrested control of his hometown of Surt, the interim government announced.
12:07pm: Libyan interim government fighters hoisted the new national flag above the centre of Sirte on Thursday after completing their capture of Muammar Gaddafi’s home town, the last serious pocket of resistance by loyalists of the ousted leader.
A Reuters witness said celebratory gunfire broke out among National Transitional Council forces as the flag was raised above a large utilities building in the Mediterranean city, which had been under NTC siege for nearly two months.
11:12am: Libyan transitional government forces said on Thursday they had captured the last positions held by Muammar Gaddafi’s loyalists in the deposed leader’s home town of Sirte.
“Sirte has been liberated. There are no Gaddafi forces any more,” said Colonel Yunus Al Abdali, head of operations in the eastern half of the city. “We are now chasing his fighters who are trying to run away.”
Another front line commander confirmed the capture of the Mediterranean coastal city, which was the last remaining significant bastion of pro-Gaddafi fighters almost three months after the ex-leader was overthrown by rebels.
11:05am: Libyan fighters have overrun the last positions of Moammar Gadhafi loyalists holding out in the city of Sirte and the revolutionaries now have all of the ousted leader’s hometown within their hands.
Reporters on the scene say the final push to capture the remaining pro-Gadhafi positions began around 8 a.m. on Thursday and was over after about 90 minutes. Just before the assault, about five carloads of loyalists tried to flee the enclave down the coastal highway but were killed by revolutionaries.
Revolutionaries began searching homes and buildings looking for any Gadhafi fighters who may be hiding there.
9:21am: Mahmoud Jibril, the National Transitional Council’s deputy head, has said that ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi is believed to be recruiting fighters from other African countries and preparing for a possible counter-revolution, hoping to destabilise Libya’s new government. Wednesday’s comments by Mahmoud Jibril reflected fears that Gaddafi will be able to use friendly relations with neighboring countries cultivated during his more than four decades in power to help him launch a bid to return to power.
“Reports have shown that 68 vehicles with at least eight fighters each crossed the Libyan borders to Mali and Gaddafi is hiding in the southern desert,” Jibril told reporters.
He said Gaddafi had made a deal with the Hamada tribe, which roams the borders between Chad, Sudan and Libya, to provide 12,000 fighters “to enter Libya and start the fight”.