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No US confirmation Kadhafi killed, captured: State Dept

20 october 2011, 18:26
Moamer Kadhafi. ©REUTERS
Moamer Kadhafi. ©REUTERS
The US government said Thursday that it was unable to substantiate reports that deposed Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi has been captured or killed, AFP reports.

"The State Department cannot at this time confirm media reports on the capture or killing of Moamer Kadhafi," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a statement. Senior administration and Pentagon officials said they were working to verify the reports.

Reports from Libya said that Kadhafi was captured as his hometown of Sirte was falling on Thursday.

A National Transitional Council commander in Libya told AFP Thursday that he had seen Kadhafi himself and that the ousted Libyan strongman had been severely injured.

"He has been captured. He is badly wounded, but he is still breathing," Mohamed Leith told AFP.

A Libyan TV channel "Libya lil Ahrar" also said that Kadhafi had been apprehended.

But a pro-Kadhafi television website strongly denied reports that the strongman had been killed or captured.

"The reports peddled by the lackeys of NATO about the capture or death of the brother leader, Moamer Kadhafi, is baseless," said Al-Libiya television.

Kadhafi "is in good health," it added.

Meanwhile, medics said the deposed regime's defense minister, Abu Bakr Yunis, has been killed in the final battle for the strongman's hometown.

His body was identified at the field hospital where it was brought in a pick-up truck on Thursday, Dr Abdu Rauf told AFP.

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