Footage of Gadhafi's initial capture

As the Libyan despot is pulled from his hiding place, his captors can be heard shouting "Don't kill him!"

By Tracey Shelton
Published October 21, 2011 2:13PM (EDT)
Muammar Gaddafi      (Max Rossi / Reuters)
Muammar Gaddafi (Max Rossi / Reuters)

In this exclusive footage obtained on the scene by Tracey Shelton of GlobalPost, Col. Moammar Gadhafi is caught by fighters for the new Libyan government.

Global PostThe shock discovery of the former dictator, found cowering in a water drain on Thursday in his hometown of Sirte, was captured by Ali Algadi, a rebel fighter, with an iPhone just seconds after Gadhafi was dragged from the drain in which he was hiding. This is the earliest footage to emerge so far.

Although clearly injured, Gadhafi is still alive during the capture. His captors can be heard shouting, "Don't kill him! Don't kill him! We need him alive!" throughout the footage.

According to an official statement by the National Transitional Council, Gadhafi was shot before his capture and died from his wounds on route to Misrata.

Fighters at the scene said he was injured in the shoulder and leg when he was found. Blood also appears to be flowing from a head injury. So far reporters and human rights groups have been blocked from viewing the body but footage has emerged showing bullet wounds to the torso and head which may cast doubt on the statement released by the interim government.

A crew of doctors leaving a family home where Gadhafi’s body was temporarily being held said they had performed DNA tests but did not have any results to release at this time. Gadhafi’s son Muttasim was also killed while trying to escape nearby.

WARNING: Graphic footage

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