the former Libyan leader, Muammar AIGathafi (pictured below), was reported to have been killed on 20 October, following a NATO air strike on his convoy fleeing his beleaguered hometown of Sirte. Many were killed, but Gathafi and some of his supporters were said to have escaped, taking cover in a nearby drain before Gathafi was found by government fighters, and shot during his capture. Reaction to his death came thick and fast. Below are just a few
"We can definitively say that the Gathafi regime has come to an end. The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted, and the people of Libya now have a great responsibility to build an inclusive, tolerant and democratic Libya."
David Cameron British Prime Minister
"Today is a day to remember all of Colonel Gathafi's victims... We should also remember the many, many Libyans who died at the hands of this brutal dictator and his regime. People in Libya today have an even greater chance, after this news, of building themselves a strong and democratic future. Lm proud of the role that Britain has played in helping them to bring that about and I pay tribute to the bravery of the Libyans who have helped to liberate their country. We will help them, we will work with them."
British opposition Labour leader
"I pay tribute to the Libyan people for standing up to the former regime and. seeking to define the it own democratic destiny. We should be proud of the support that our armed forces have given to that cause... Britain should stand ready to continue to help the [Libyan] National Transitional Council as it seeks to improve economic and social conditions, ensure order and prepare for elections."
Sam Banda Junior
"I remember him [Gathafi] when he came to Malawi some years back during the era of Bakili Muluzi, and to date there is a hospital which was supposed to be built in his name but the project is now grounded, tie was a great leader who wanted Africa to stand on its own. Of course he had his shortcomings but Africa in him has lost a key figure."
"It's sad, but I think he had every opportunity to exit peacefully, and leave Libya knitted together. Rather, Gathafi chose...