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Libya erupts after death of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi

Libya's new government prepares to declare liberation after bloody eight-month war

Libya erupts after death of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi
After eight months of violence in a bid to bring freedom to Libya, the former autocratic ruler and dictator Colonel Gaddafi was killed on Thursday, 18 October 2011, aged 69. Libyans living in Britain celebrate the death of former leader outside the Libyan embassy in central London. Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday that Britain does not approve of 'extradjudicial killing' but will not mourn the former tyrannical ruler. (AFP/Getty Images)
Libya erupts after death of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi
As news of his demise spread around the country, people poured into the streets in jubilation. Joyous fighters fired their weapons in the air, shouting "Allahu Akbar". Others wrote graffiti on the parapets of the highway outside Sirte. One said simply: "Gaddafi was captured here". (AFP/Getty Images)
Libya erupts after death of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters celebrate in the eastern coastal city of Sirte following news of Gaddafi's capture and death. Gaddafi was killed after being captured by the Libyan fighters he once scorned as "rats", cornered and shot in the head after they overran his last bastion of resistance in his hometown of Sirte. (AFP/Getty Images)
Libya erupts after death of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi
Gaddafi's body was delivered as a prize of war to Misrata, the city west of Sirte whose siege and months of suffering at the hands of Gaddafi's artillery and snipers made it a symbol of the rebel cause. (AFP/Getty Images)
Libya erupts after death of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi
His death ended a nervous hiatus for the new interim government, and 42 years of eccentric one-man rule for the Libyan people. (AFP/Getty Images)
Libya erupts after death of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi
Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril, reading what he said was a post-mortem report, said Gaddafi was hauled unresisting from a "sewage pipe". He was then shot in the arm and put in a truck which was "caught in crossfire" as it ferried the 69-year-old to hospital. (AFP/Getty Images)
Libya erupts after death of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi
Speaking after the death, Jibril declared: "It's time to start a new Libya, a united Libya. One people, one future."
Libya erupts after death of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi
A formal announcement of Libya's liberation, which will set the clock ticking on a timeline to elections was made on Saturday, sparking rejoice and celebration among Libyans the world over. (AFP/Getty Images)
Libya erupts after death of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi
US President Barack Obama makes a statement on the death of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi in the Rose Garden of the White House October 20, 2011 in Washington, DC. In a veiled dig at the Syrian and other leaders resisting the democrats of the Arab Spring, he declared "the rule of an iron fist inevitably comes to an end".(Getty Images)
Libya erupts after death of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi
Libya women wave their new flag during celebrations in the streets of Tripoli following the news. (AFP/Getty Images)
Libya erupts after death of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi
Confusion over exactly how Gaddafi died was a reminder of the challenge Libyans face to now summon order out of the armed chaos that is the legacy of eight months of grinding conflict. (AFP/Getty Images)
Libya erupts after death of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi
Officials said Gaddafi's son Mo'tassim, also seen bleeding but alive in a video, had also died. Another son, heir-apparent Saif al-Islam, was variously reported to be surrounded, captured or killed as conflicting accounts of the day's events crackled around networks of NTC fighters rejoicing in Sirte. (AFP/Getty Images)