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Libyans erupted in euphoria Thursday after longtime Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was killed by revolutionary forces who were finally able to overrun his hometown.

Gadhafi had himself declared “King of Kings” of Africa. But Thursday, he appeared bloody and lifeless in grisly cell phone images broadcast across the world.

Libyans took to the streets to celebrate the end of a brutal era, to mark the historic day that the former strongman, once thought of as untouchable, was gone. They sighed relief that after many months of fierce fighting, the war was over. They had won what had been dubbed one of the Arab Spring’s most improbable uprisings.

Mahmoud Jibril, the chairman of the executive board of the National Transitional Council, declared Gadhafi dead.

Also killed Thursday were Gadhafi’s son Mutassim and the chief of intelligence, Abdullah al-Senussi, said Anees al Sharif, a spokesman for the National Transitional Council’s military arm in Tripoli.


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