A burning poster of slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi
A young Libyan fighter has claimed that he captured and fatally shot Libya's toppled ruler Muammar Gaddafi.
The 22-year-old Sanad al-Sadegh al-Aribi from the eastern city of Benghazi made the claim in a video posted on the internet on Friday, AFP reported.
“I fired two bullets at him, one hit under his armpit, the other his head. He did not die immediately. It took him half an hour,” Aribi said.
Aribi then added that he had disarmed Gaddafi who was holding a golden rifle.
The video showed several unidentified men, some in military uniforms, congratulating Aribi.
The people in the video showed a bloodied jacket claiming it belonged to Gaddafi as well as a gold ring on which the name of Gaddafi's second wife, Safia, and the date of their marriage had been engraved.
Aribi's claim apparently contradicts the National Transitional Council (NTC)'s report about Gaddafi's death.
The NTC claimed that Gaddafi was shot in the head when he was caught in an exchange of fire between his loyalists and revolutionary fighters after he was captured.
Gaddafi was killed in his hometown of Sirte on Thursday, eight months after an uprising that put an end to 42 years of iron-fist rule by the former dictator.
The fall of Sirte sealed the country's historic revolution that cost the lives of thousands of people.