`Nobody here killed Gaddafi`: Misrata fighters

Faced with suspicions of an execution by a lynch mob, the order that "nobody here killed Gaddafi" has gone around to the fighters who captured alive the ex-strongman of Libya.

Misrata: Faced with suspicions of an
execution by a lynch mob, the order that "nobody here killed
Gaddafi" has gone around to the fighters who captured alive
the ex-strongman of Libya.

The fighters at a farm on the outskirts of the city of
Misrata that serves as their Al-Ghiran brigade base proudly
exhibit the ousted leader`s black boots, gold-plated gun and
beige scarf.

Souvenir photographs are taken standing in front of the
pickup in which Gaddafi was hauled off after being captured on
Thursday in his loyalists` final stronghold of Sirte.

Dried blood stains the front of the vehicle to which
Gaddafi was seen being hauled in mobile phone footage.

Since the fighters` return from the final frontline in
the eight-month-long conflict, Gaddafi`s golden pistol,
machinegun and satellite phone have been passing from hand to
hand.

"The last phone call received on his Thuraya came from
Syria. It was a lady on the phone," according to a brigade
member.

Omran Shaaban, 21, says he was the first to locate the
man who ruled Libya for four decades in a concrete drainage
pipe. "When I saw him, I couldn`t talk, I couldn`t think. I
thought: `That`s it, Gaddafi is finished,`" he said.

Ahmed Gazal, a comrade, said they had just arrived to
join a final assault on Sirte when they ran into a group of
survivors from a NATO air strike on a convoy of pro-Gaddafi
fighters trying to make an escape.

After a brief exchange of gunfire, they were informed of
Gaddafi`s hiding place in the pipe.

"Omran was close to Gaddafi. He grabbed him first, then I
said `Allahu Akbar` (God is greatest) and I took his legs
outside ... When he came out of the pipe, he said: `What`s
going on, what`s happening?`" Gazal said.

"When I was face to face with him, I thought about all
his crimes. I thought he was a big character, but in fact he
was just a small mouse," he said, adding that Gaddafi was
bloodied and weak when found.

In the mobile footage, Gaddafi is seen being manhandled
by a group of fighters as he is dragged off to the pickup.
Shaaban says he was then taken to an ambulance for transfer to
Misrata.

PTI

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