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Gadhafi possibly captured and wounded or dead

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SIRTE, LIBYA (RNN) - Multiple unconfirmed sources are reporting ousted Libyan leader Mommar Gadhafi has been captured, wounded or killed by rebel fighters in his hometown of Sirte Thursday morning.

According to the Associated Press, the Misrata Military Council, one of multiple command groups for revolutionary forces, said its fighters captured Gadhafi in Sirte.

A cell phone photo published by the Associated Foreign Press depicts what is believed to be a seriously injured and bloodied Gadhafi, but the identity of the man picture has yet to be confirmed.

"Misrata Radio confirmed that big figure is Moammar Gadhafi himself. We're waiting for a statement from Benghazi," said Mahmoud Shammam, Libyan information minister, during an appearance on CNN. "Most of ... live in Benghazi. And I think he's the one. Then to see people we can confirm or deny that we caught a big fish in Sirte."

According to CNN, it is unknown how the National Transitional Council (NTC), who Shammam represents, received its information.

Several previous reports of Gadhafi family member deaths or captures have later proved false, because of poor communications in Libya.

Shammam said the NTC's leader would soon address the media.

After just six months of fighting between Gadhafi's forces and rebels, on Aug. 22 it seemed that the situation in Libya had reached a tipping point.

"This much is clear: The Gadhafi regime is coming to an end, and the future of Libya is in the hands of its people," President Barack Obama said in taped remarks from a vacation home in Martha's Vineyard.

Gadhafi has ruled Libya for more than 42 years following a successful military coup.

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