Body of Gaddafi son put on display in Misrata

The body was laid on blankets on the floor and covered up to the waist by a blue plastic sheet.

Updated: Oct 21, 2011, 13:01 PM IST

Misrata: The corpse of one of Muammar Gaddafi`s sons, Mo`tassim, was on Thursday evening laid out in a private house in the Libyan city of Misrata and local people were jostling around the body to take pictures on their cell phones, a reporter at the house said.

The body was laid on blankets on the floor and covered up to the waist by a blue plastic sheet. The upper half was naked, and wounds could be seen to the chest and neck, the reporter said. Members of the public filed in, shouting "Allahu Akbar" or "God is great." One person said: "This is the end of the tyrant."

Earlier in the day, former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed when a gunfight broke out after his capture between his supporters and government fighters, and no order was given to kill him, officials with the National Transitional Council (NTC) said.

The officials, speaking at a news conference in Tripoli, said that Libya`s liberation -- the signal for the creation of a new government and the start of a democratic transition -- would be announced in the eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday.

The officials said they did not know whether another son, Saif al-Islam, had been killed or captured alive.

Bureau Report