Brutal: There had been fierce fighting around the drain pipes before Gaddafi was finally killed. The body of a fighter can be seen in the dust near the concrete pipes.
******Gaddafi tried to flee in a convoy hit by American drone
******Vehicles were also shelled by Nato fighter jets...... before being driven back to his compound in Sirte
******Gaddafi in final attempt to flee before final push by rebels
******'Found in a hole' wearing military-style clothing, shouting 'Don't shoot'
******His body was paraded through the streets of the city
Muammar Gaddafi has been killed after Libyan rebels captured his stronghold in the city of Sirte, it was confirmed today by Libya's prime minister Mahmoud Jibril this afternoon.
'We have been waiting for this moment for a long time,' he said. 'Muammar Gaddafi has been killed'
As news of his death swept through the country and across the world, bloody images of the 69-year-old tyrant slumped across the legs of a revolutionary fighter emerged.
He had been dragged from a storm drain where he was hiding before being shot in front of a baying mob. Rebel fighters described him begging for mercy.
The new was also welcomed by David Cameron who said he was 'proud' of the role Britain had played in protecting Libyan civilians.
National Transitional Council (NTC) soldiers said that a convoy of at least five vehicles tried to leave the town in the early morning, but it came under sustained fire - first from a Hellfire missile and then from French fighters jets which were part of the Nato force.
The vehicles were forced to return to the loyalist-controlled area as battle continued.
Gaddaffi, already injured, was found a short time later in a large storm-water drain, and fighter Mohammed Al Bibi told reporters that the toppled tyrant had pleaded 'Don't shoot, don't shoot' as he attempted to surrender.
He had been wounded in the legs. NTC official Abdel Majid Mlegta said: 'He [Gaddafi] was also hit in his head. There was a lot of firing against his group and he died.'
Mobile phone footage, released shortly after the news of his capture broke, appears to show a bloodied Gaddafi being manhandled.
Al Jazeera was also repeatedly showing footage of what appeared to be Gaddafi's shirtless and lifeless body being dragged along the ground.
The body was then taken to the nearby city of Misrata, which Gaddafi's forces besieged for months in one of the bloodiest fronts of the civil war.
Al-Arabiya TV showed footage of Gaddafi's bloodied body carried on the top of a vehicle surrounded by a large crowd chanting: 'The blood of the martyrs will not go in vain.'
Rebels said he had been armed with a golden handgun when he was found
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