Libya PM: Gadhafi Died in Crossfire Between Loyalists, NTC

Mahmoud Jibril, citing a forensic report, says Gadhafi was alive when taken from Sirte, but died before reaching hospital; NTC says no order was given to kill the ousted Libyan leader.

Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril, citing a forensic report, said on Friday ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi died from a bullet wound to the head received in crossfire between interim government fighters and his own supporters after he had been captured.

"'Gadhafi was taken out of a sewage pipe… he didn't show any resistance. When we started moving him he was hit by a bullet in his right arm and when they put him in a truck he did not have any other injuries'," Jibril told a news conference, reading from the forensic report.

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"'When the car was moving it was caught in crossfire between the revolutionaries and Gadhafi forces in which he was hit by a bullet in the head'," Jibril said reading from the report.

"The forensic doctor could not tell if it came from the revolutionaries or from Gadhafi's forces," Jibril said. Gadhafi was alive when he was taken from Sirte, but died a few minutes before reaching hospital, the prime minister said.

According to National Transitional Council (NTC) officials, no order was given to kill Gadhafi.

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.

They confirmed that one of Gadhafi's sons, Mo'tassim, had been killed and his body taken to Misrata, west of the city of Sirte where he and his father were captured.

Mo'tassim's corpse was laid out on Thursday evening 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 Reuters 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."

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