Unconfirmed Reports Say Gadhafi Captured, Possibly Dead: GMA Live Updates

Oct 20, 2011 8:09am

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Latest: The military leadership of the NTC (National Transition Council) is saying that deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has died. ABC News is unable to independently confirm the report. Various news outlets including Reuters and Al Jazeera reported earlier that Gadhafi has been captured in his hometown of Sirte, Libya.

We’re monitoring a blizzard of reports about what exactly happened to Moammar Gadhafi. The leaders of the new regime say he has died — with many accounts suggesting he was wounded and then died of those wounds. BBC reporter Gabriel Gatehouse in Sirte is reporting that a fighter named Mohammed al Bibi captured Gadhafi, and that after Gadhafi was wounded, he was brought to Misrata. It is still not clear if Gadhafi  is dead or alive.

 

LIVE UPDATES:

11:33 a.m. ET – Stay with ABCNews.com and World News with Diane Sawyer for the latest on this developing story.

11:19 a.m. ET –  BBC video shows Secretary of State Hilary Clinton being handed a blackberry, her reading a message and saying “wow.” Asked what it says she says, “Unconfirmed reports Gadhafi has been captured.”

11:05 a.m. ET – Video from the live edition of GMA on the west coast: Christiane Amanpour talks about Gadhafi and his tumultuous relationship with the US Warning: video contains graphic images.

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More video:

10:54 a.m. ET – New details about an earlier NATO airstrike in Libya from ABC News’ Luis Martinez. It’s unclear if the strike is related to the reported death of Gadhafi.

A NATO official says, “At approximately 8:30 a.m. local time, NATO aircraft struck two military vehicles which were part of a larger group that was maneuvering in the vicinity of Sirte conducting military operations that presented a clear threat to civilians.  Under UN mandate, our mission is to protect civilians.” The official says that without any troops on the ground, “We are unable to determine the identity of the individuals in the vehicle. It is not NATO policy to target specific individuals.”

He also said he was unable to identify what type of vehicles were struck.

10:47 a.m. ET – Where are Moammar Gadhafi’s children?

10:42 a.m. ET – Both the new. Prime Minister and Information Minister have said Moammar Gaddafi is dead. ABC News has not confirmed

10:35 a.m. ET – An unconfirmed image captured off a cellular phone camera allegedly shows the arrest. Warning graphic photo.

10:21 a.m. ET – AP reports Libya’s Prime Minister says Gadhfai is dead. ABC News has not confirmed.

10:15 a.m. ET - US official tells AP that Libyan leaders have informed US that Gadhafi is dead.

10:14 a.m. ET – ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour, the last western journalist to have spoken to deposed dictator Moammar Gadhafi, told Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos moments ago that Gadhafi’s capture and death marks the end of an era for a man who has been a villain of the United States for decades. Gadhafi told Amanpour in February, “they will die to protect me and my people,” but clearly that was far from the case. After months of rebel forces fighting since this year’s Arab spring, Amanpour noted “the last lion is gone.”

10:07 a.m. ET – Senior White House officials are close to confirming Gadhafi’s death, ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper reports on GMA. US military action against Libya was authorized 7 months and 2 days ago.

9:57 a.m. ET – ABC’s Christiane Amanpour interviewed Gadhafi on February 28, 2011. The dictator said, “They love me. All my people with me. They love me all … They will die to protect me, my people”

9:54 a.m. ET – Good Morning America is live on the west coast in six minutes with latest from Jeffrey Kofman in London and Christiane Amanpour.

9:45 a.m. ET -  NTC (Rebel) forces say they have captured Moammar Gadhafi’s son Motassim alive in Sirte, ABC News has not confirmed

9:35 a.m. ET - Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril is expected to make a statement very soon, reports BBC

9:26 a.m. ET – Middle Eastern broadcaster Al Arabiya says it has been granted permission to photograph Muammar Gadhafi’s body. ABC News is still unable to independently confirm Gadhafi’s death.

9:19 a.m. ET –  Statement from presidential candidate Mitt Romney: ”I have seen those reports and if accurate I think the response is it’s about time. This was a tyrant who has been killing his own people and of course is responsible for the lives of American citizens lost in the Lockerbie attack … I think people across the world recognize that the world is a better place without Moammar Ghadafi”

9:17 a.m. ET - Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, says she can’t confirm his capture or death but if it is true she would breathe a sigh of relief as one more obstacle was removed.

9:05 a.m. ET – Video of our special report with Jeffrey Kofman in London and Christiane Amanpour’s analysis.

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8:55 a.m. ET - ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour reiterated the significance of the reports of Gadhafi’s death in an ABC News special report moments ago. Amanpour interviewed the deposed Libyan leader in February. She noted that in the middle of the uprisings of Arab Spring, Gadhafi remained oblivious to much of what was going on around him.

8:50 a.m. ET – ABC News is still unable to independently confirm Gadhafi’s capture and/or death.

8:47 a.m. ET – AP reporting that NATO confirms it hit a convoy of Gadhafi loyalists as it was fleeing Sirte, a city which fell to rebels earlier today.

8:25 a.m. ET – Josh Elliott spoke to ABC’s Jeffrey Kofman on GMA about the latest developments:

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8:10 a.m. ET - No confirmation from US government sources, the State Department, Pentagon, White House or CIA of media reports that Gadhafi has been captured and/or killed.

7:40 a.m. ET – Reuters reports that a Gadhafi was found hiding in hole in Sirte, shouting “don’t shoot, don’t shoot,” citing Libyan government fighter as source.

7:32 a.m. ET – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s staff says it has no more information on this yet, reports Nicholas Schifrin.

7:22 a.m. ET – Reuters reports that Moammar Gadhafi has been captured, siting rebel sources.

 

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