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The four-decade rule of Libyan autocrat, Col. Moammar Gadhafi finally came to an end on Thursday, after he was dragged from his hiding place - a drainpipe - in the town of Sirte and killed.

Gadhafi was reportedly hiding like a "rat" in a drain tunnel when he was dragged out and killed by the Libyan fighters he once scorned, ironically, also as "rats." He was cornered, beaten and then shot in the head as Libya's new leaders declared they had overrun the last bastion of his long rule.

"Gadhafi was taken out of a sewage pipe ... he didn't show any resistance. When we started moving him, he was hit by a bullet in his right arm, and when they put him in a truck, he did not have any other injuries,'' said Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril, reading from a forensic report at a news conference.

The killing of Gadhafi sparked wild celebrations among the Libyan people, who harbor hopes that eight months of war may finally be over. According to Reuters reports, local people in Misrata jostled around the bodies to take pictures on their cell phones.

The deceased leader is survived by his wife, daughter Ayesha and four of his sons – Muhammad, Saif al-Islam, Al-Saadi and Hannibal. Two other sons, Saif al-Arab and Khamis, were killed in April and August this year. The body of the deposed leader was displayed at a house in Misrata on Thursday.

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