Deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed Thursday, with interim Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril saying Gadhafi was shot in crossfire between transitional government troops who captured him and the ex-ruler's loyalists.
Gadhafi's death happened apparently after he survived a NATO airstrike on a convoy in the area, a senior NATO official told CNN.
A different source – a spokesman for a member of the Tripoli military council – says that one of Gadhafi's sons, Mutassim, and Moammar Gadhafi's chief of intelligence, Abdullah al-Senussi, also have been killed.
Early reports on how Moammar Gadhafi died were conflicting; Jibril gave his government's account late Thursday. A video aired by Al Jazeera Arabic shows someone who appears to be Gadhafi wounded – but still alive – and surrounded by fighters. A different, grisly video that aired on Al Jazeera appears to show a lifeless Gadhafi (see above). A photograph distributed by the news agency Agence France-Presse also appeared to show the longtime dictator severely wounded. CNN could not independently verify the authenticity of the images.
In another major development, revolutionary fighters said they wrested control of Sirte on Thursday. And NATO said it is going to convene soon for a meeting to discuss ending its operation in Libya, a source told CNN.
Moammar Gadhafi, 69, was in power for 42 years before being ousted in an uprising this year.
[Update 6:16 p.m. ET] An already-injured Moammar Gadhafi was killed in a crossfire Thursday between transitional government troops and the ex-ruler's loyalists shortly after he was captured alive, National Transitional Council Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril said late Thursday.
Citing the coroner's office in Misrata, where Gadhafi's body was brought, Jibril said the fugitive former strongman had been taken alive, unharmed and without resistance in his hometown of Sirte. But a gun battle erupted between NTC fighters and Gadhafi's supporters as his captors attempted to load him into a vehicle, Jibril said, leaving Gadhafi with a wound to his right arm.
More shooting erupted as the vehicle drove away, and Gadhafi was shot in the head, Jibril told reporters. Gadhafi died moments before arriving at a hospital, he said.
Jibril said that before the run to the hospital, Gadhafi was found hiding in a sewage pipe, according to Reuters.
Earlier, a senior NATO official said Gadhafi is believed to have been killed at the hands of fighters outside of his hometown of Sirte, Libya, after surviving a NATO airstrike on a convoy in the area.
The British Broadcasting Corp. says it has talked to anti-Gadhafi forces who say they found Gadhafi hiding in a drainage pipe under a road on the outskirts of Sirte, though they were arguing over which person captured him. They also showed off a golden gun that they said was taken from Gadhafi.
Anti-Gadhafi fighters show off an apparently gold-plated gun that they say was taken from Moammar Gadhafi on Thursday.
[Update 4:06 p.m. ET] Moammar Gadhafi is believed to have survived a combined strike Thursday on his convoy near Sirte before dying later at the hands of fighters outside the coastal city, a senior NATO official told CNN.
An official with the U.S. Department of Defense told CNN that French fighter jets and a Predator drone, firing a Hellfire missile, struck the convoy Thursday morning. That official, however, was unable to say if Gadhafi was part of the targeted convoy.
[Update 2:59 p.m. ET] NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced on Thursday – hours after Moammar Gadhafi was killed – that the alliance eventually "will terminate our mission" in that North African nation.
"We will terminate our mission in coordination with the United Nations and the National Transitional Council. With the reported fall of Bani Walid and Sirte, that moment has now moved much closer," Rasmussen said.
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Snide, sassy Siri has plenty to say
Siri, the new voice-activated "personal assistant" on the iPhone 4S has users laughing at "her" witty comebacks. The app can be used to schedule appointments, send and receive messages and other routine tasks. CNN.com readers traded stories about her replies and argued over whether the new app is really new.
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Many CNN.com readers compared the technology used in Siri to earlier developments like Cleverbot, Eliza, Google Voice, and, as kissyface said, "an a eightball filled with fluid."
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The Basque separatist group ETA announced Thursday a "definitive cessation of its armed activity" in a statement published on the website of Gara, a newspaper that the group has used to convey messages in the past.
Listed as a terrorist organization by Spain, the United States and the European Union, ETA is blamed for hundreds of deaths in its decades-long fight for an independent Basque state that it wants carved out of sections of northern Spain and southwestern France.
Thursday's announcement follows a recent push for the group to abandon violence permanently. That effort was led by international figures who include Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams of Northern Ireland and former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
In a nationally televised address hours after the announcement was posted, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero termed ETA's announcement as being of "transcendental importance" and a "victory for democracy."
"Ours will be a democracy without terrorism, but not without memory," Zapatero said, referring to 829 people killed by ETA and their families.
Comments of the morning:
"Thanks CNN..for ruining my breakfast!"–coolbreeze
"While I respect CNN's right to play the cell phone video of Gadhafi on the ground, bloodied and apparently dead, must we watch the gruesome video over and over on an apparent loop? One play every few minutes would be plenty for most viewers."–LVH0227
Live blog: Gadhafi is dead, interim Libyan prime minister says
Gadhafi killed, Libya's interim leader says
According to Libya's interim prime minister, longtime Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is dead, along with his son Mutassim. A grisly cell phone video aired on Al Jazeera Arabic showed a bloodied Gadhafi with a wound to his head, while news agency Agence France Presse distributed a cell phone photograph showing what appeared to be a severely wounded Gadhafi. CNN could not independently verify the authenticity of the images.
While most CNN.com readers applauded the news of Gadhafi's death, many criticized the airing of the graphic images.
Percy said, "Congrats. NATO mission accomplished!" geoffcalver said, "Glad to see this tyrant gone. Ordered the bombing of Pan Am 103. Killed thousands of his own citizens. Good riddance."
ERG said, "Don't care how bad this guy was, I don't think the world needs to watch a bloodied dead body being jerked around by a crowd. Is this our new Roman coliseum? Gee, maybe we could tweet thumbs up or down next time. Can't we display some humanity even toward a brutal dictator who did not? Watching dead bodies being tossed around is NOT NEWS!"
A rare 4.6-magnitude earthquake struck 50 miles south-southeast of San Antonio, Texas, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Thursday. The earthquake was just over 2 miles deep.
The earthquake was felt in Wilson County, Atascosa County and Bexar County, making it the largest to hit the area since 1993, when a 4.3-magnitude quake shook the area, WOAI reported, citing the U.S. Geological Survey.
"I felt the earthquake this morning around 7:20. I was sitting on my love seat in my bedroom reading my Bible. I felt a swaying movement. My husband was in the shower. He felt nothing," Patricia Hardeman, of southeast San Antonio told WOAI. "I lived in California most of my life and knew it was an earthquake."
Employees were briefly evacuated from the a federal building in downtown San Antonio and allowed to return inside just before 9 a.m., the San Antonio Express-News reported, citing Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Fernie Karl.
A union member taking part in anti-austerity protests has been killed, a Greek lawmaker tells the country's parliament as it votes on new austerity measures.
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Libyan fighters said Wednesday they have entered the last area held by Gadhafi loyalists in his hometown, Sirte.
National Transitional Council fighters said they were still battling pockets of resistance in one district of the city. The council has said it will officially declare Libya liberated when Sirte falls.
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