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Gaddafi's last words: Don't shoot, don't shoot!

Last updated on: October 20, 2011 22:26 IST

Gaddafi's last words: Don't shoot, don't shoot!

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"Don't shoot, don't shoot" were the last words of slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi who was known for savage killing of dissidents during his reign of 42 years in the North African country.

Sixty-nine-year-old Gaddafi pleaded for mercy when rebels captured him while he was trying to flee from a drain where he was hiding in Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after the regime fell in August.

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Image: Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, covered in blood, is surrounded on a truck by NTC fighters in Sirte
Photographs: Reuters
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'Gaddafi was hiding in a hole in the centre of Tripoli'

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The BBC reported that a rebel fighter claimed that Gaddafi was hiding in a hole in the centre of the city and pleaded, "Don't shoot".

The man brandished a golden pistol he took off the former Libyan leader, who was lying dead nearby.
Gaddafi's heavy-handed approach to quelling the protests against his regime was characterized by the International Federation for Human Rights as a strategy of scorched earth.


Image: An anti-Gaddafi fighter points at the drain where Muammar Gaddafi was hiding before he was captured in Sirte
Photographs: Reuters
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On June 27, ICC issued warrant against Gaddafi

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The United Nations referred the massacres of unarmed civilians to the International Criminal Court.

The ICC issued arrest warrants on June 27, 2011 for Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam, and his brother-in-law Abdullah al-Senussi, head of state security for charges, concerning crimes against humanity committed against political opponents.


Image: Libyans celebrate at Martyrs square in Tripoli after hearing news of Gaddafi's death
Photographs: Reuters
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