(Reuters) – Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi died of wounds suffered on Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eight-month-old uprising against his rule overran his hometown Sirte, Libya’s interim rulers said.
His killing, which came swiftly after his capture near Sirte, is the most dramatic single development in the Arab Spring revolts that have unseated rulers in Egypt and Tunisia and threatened the grip on power of the leaders of Syria and Yemen.
“He (Gaddafi) was also hit in his head,” National Transitional Council official Abdel Majid Mlegta told Reuters. “There was a lot of firing against his group and he died.”
Gaddafi went out bravely fighting his enemies head-on, more than happy to martyr himself. Just kidding — like Saddam Hussein before him, he was found hiding in a hole and ended up begging for his life:
An anti-Gaddafi fighter said Gaddafi had been found hiding in a hole in the ground and had said “Don’t shoot, don’t shoot” to the men who grabbed him.
Not long ago, Gaddafi promised to fight and “die like a martyr.” Either that or yell “don’t shoot” and soil himself.
I know what you’re all wondering: “What’s going to happen to Gaddafi’s hot bodyguards?” Sources have tipped me, but for now all I’m going to say is that fairly soon you might see some new faces among Bill Clinton’s security detail.