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Article: The killing of Muammar Gaddafi by Tim Gaynor and Taha Zargoun [VIDEO]

DISTURBING images of a blood-stained and shaken Muammar Gaddafi being dragged around by angry fighters quickly circulated around the world after the Libyan dictator’s dramatic death near his home town of Sirte.

The exact circumstances of his demise are still unclear with conflicting accounts of his death emerging. But the footage, possibly of the last chaotic moments of Gaddafi’s life, offered some clues into what happened.

Gaddafi was still alive when he was captured near Sirte. In the video, filmed by a bystander in the crowd and later aired on television, Gaddafi is shown being dragged off a vehicle’s bonnet and pulled to the ground by his hair.

“Keep him alive, keep him alive!” someone shouts. Gunshots then ring out. The camera veers off.
“They captured him alive and while he was being taken away, they beat him and then they killed him,” one senior source in the NTC told Reuters. “He might have been resisting.”

In what appeared to contradict the events depicted in the video, Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council said Gaddafi was killed when a gunfight broke out after his capture between his supporters and government fighters. He died from a bullet wound to the head, the prime minister said.

The NTC said no order had been given to kill him.
Gaddafi called the rebels who rose up against his 42 years of one-man rule “rats,” but in the end it appeared that it was he who was captured cowering in a drainage pipe full of rubbish and filth.

“He called us rats, but look where we found him,” said Ahmed Al Sahati, a 27-year-old government fighter, standing next to two stinking drainage pipes under a six-lane highway near Sirte.

Rat in the hole … The drainage pipe where Gaddafi was pulled out before meeting his death

On the ground, government fighters described scenes of sheer carnage as they told stories of Gaddafi’s final hours.
Shortly before dawn prayers, Gaddafi, surrounded by a few dozen loyal bodyguards and accompanied by the head of his now non-existent army Abu Bakr Younis Jabr, broke out of the two-month siege of Sirte and made a break for the west.

They did not get far.
France said its aircraft struck military vehicles belonging to Gaddafi forces near Sirte at about 8:30AM, but said it was unsure whether the strikes had killed Gaddafi. A NATO official said the convoy was hit either by a French plane or a U.S. Predator drone.

Two miles west of Sirte, 15 pick-up trucks mounted with machine guns lay burned out, smashed and smoldering next to an electricity substation 20 meters from the main road.

They had clearly been hit by a force far beyond anything the motley army the former rebels has assembled during eight months of revolt to overthrow the once feared leader.

But there was no bomb crater, indicating the strike may have been carried out by a fighter jet.
Inside the trucks still in their seats sat the charred skeletal remains of drivers and passengers killed instantly by the strike. Other bodies lay mutilated and contorted strewn across the grass. Some 50 bodies in all.

Fighters on the ground said Gaddafi and a handful of his men appeared to have run through a stand of trees and taken refuge in the two drainage pipes.

“At first we fired at them with anti-aircraft guns, but it was no use,” said Salem Bakeer, while being feted by his comrades near the road. “Then we went in on foot.

“One of Gaddafi’s men came out waving his rifle in the air and shouting surrender, but as soon as he saw my face he started shooting at me,” he told Reuters.

“Then I think Gaddafi must have told them to stop. ‘My master is here, my master is here’, he said, ‘Muammar Gaddafi is here and he is wounded’,” said Bakeer.

“We went in and brought Gaddafi out. He was saying ‘what’s wrong? What’s wrong? What’s going on?’. Then we took him and put him in the car,” Bakeer said.

At the time of his capture, Gaddafi was already wounded with gunshots to his leg and to his back, Bakeer said.
Other government fighters who said they took part in Gaddafi’s capture, separately confirmed Bakeer’s version of events, though one said the man who ruled Libya for 42 years was shot and wounded at the last minute by one of his own men.

“One of Muammar Gaddafi’s guards shot him in the chest,” said Omran Jouma Shawan.
There were also other versions of events. NTC official Abdel Majid Mlegta told Reuters Gaddafi had been finally cornered in a compound in Sirte after hours of fighting, and wounded in a gun battle with NTC forces.

He said Gaddafi kept repeating “What is the matter? What’s going on? What do you want?” and resisted as NTC fighters seized him. He added that Gaddafi died of his wounds as he was being transported in an ambulance.

“He was bleeding from his stomach. It took a long time to transport him. He bled to death (in the ambulance),” he said.
Another NTC official, speaking to Reuters anonymously, gave a violent account of Gaddafi’s death: “They (NTC fighters) beat him very harshly and then they killed him. This is a war.”

Video footage showed Gaddafi, dazed and wounded, but still clearly alive and as he was dragged from the front of a pick-up truck by a crowd of angry jostling government soldiers who hit him and pulled his hair to drag him to the ground.

He then appeared to fall to the ground and was enveloped by the crowd. NTC officials later announced Gaddafi had died of his wounds after capture.

Someone in the crowd shouted “keep him alive, keep him alive,” but another fighter cried out in a high pitched crazed scream. Gaddafi then goes out of view and gunshots are heard.

Further footage showed what appeared to be Gaddafi’s lifeless body being loaded into an ambulance in Sirte.
One of the fighters who said he took part in the capture brandished a heavily engraved golden pistol he said he had taken from Gaddafi.

Fallen electricity cables partially covered the entrance to the pipes and the bodies of three men, apparently Gaddafi bodyguards lay at the entrance to one end, one in shorts probably due to a bandaged wound on his leg.

Four more bodies lay at the other end of the pipes. All black men, one had his brains blown out, another man had been decapitated, his dreadlocked head lying beside his torso.

Army chief Jabr was also captured alive, Bakeer said. NTC officials later announced he was dead.
Joyous government fighters fired their weapons in the air, shouted “Allahu Akbar” and posed for pictures. Others wrote graffiti on the concrete parapets of the highway. One said simply: “Gaddafi was captured here.”

AMATEUR VIDEO: GADDAFI’S FINAL MOMENTS

SOURCE:

http://www.newzimbabwe.com/news-6320-The+killing+of+Muammar+Gaddafi/news.aspx


MUSIC NEWS: Amy Winehouse Found Dead!!!

A press release from the Metropolitan Police, which doesn’t specifically name Winehouse, says:

“Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased.

On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.”

Last month, Winehouse canceled her European tour after a performance in Serbia where she seemed completely out of it. Check back for more updates as the story develops.
source: tmz.com


Music News: “Dougie” Rapper M-Bone Killed in Drive-By Shooting by WHITNEY ENGLISH


M-Bone, a So-Cal hip-hopster with the Dougie-happy Cali Swag District, has died after being gunned down in a drive-by shooting late last night.

Police in Inglewood confirm that a man was killed by two gunshots to the head around 10:30 p.m. The victim was sitting in the passenger seat of a car when another vehicle pulled up alongside and unloaded “at least two rounds” into the car, according to Lt. Michael Marshall.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead on arrival. He was just 22.

Was there a motive?

“It looks like they knew each other,” says Marshall. “It was not a traditional drive-by.” However, investigators don’t have any suspects and are asking for tipsters to call in.

Police didn’t immediately identify M-Bone (aka Mante Talbert) as the victim, pending notification of next of kin.

But a publicist for the group has confirmed to E! News that indeed the performer, who was the group’s comedic presence, was the one killed—and claims he wasn’t being purposely targeted

“Cali Swag District member Mante ‘M-Bone’ Talbert was the victim of a random act of violence last night,” the rep says, calling M-Bone “an inspiration to his family, friends and fans.”

Formed last year by M-Bone, C-Smoove, Yung and JayAre, Cali Swag District immediately hit the charts with the huge crossover hit “Teach Me How to Dougie.”

Says the group’s publicist of M-Bone: “He was a hardworking, passionate artist and dancer that will be deeply missed.”

SOURCE:

http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b242030_quotDougiequot_Rapper_M-Bone_Killed_in_Drive-By_Shooting.html


Article: Two suspects booked in slaying of MTV music coordinator by Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein

Jabaar Vincent Thomas, 26, and Destiny Young, 29, were initially arrested in connection with a string of robberies in which the attackers were armed with a shotgun, the same type of weapon used in the killing of Gabriel Aron Ben-Meir, according to the LAPD.

A man and a woman have been booked on suspicion of the execution-style slaying of an MTV music coordinator whose body lay on a Mid-Wilshire street for five hours before it was discovered, authorities said Thursday.

Jabaar Vincent Thomas, 26, and Destiny Young, 29, both of Los Angeles, were initially arrested Wednesday in connection with a string of robberies in which the attackers were armed with a shotgun, the same type of weapon used in the killing of Gabriel Aron Ben-Meir, 30, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police said they were able to link the pair to the Ben-Meir case from witness statements and other evidence. Thomas was also booked on suspicion of killing a 35-year-old man in the Pico-Union area last month.

Ben-Meir, who hailed from a Los Angeles entertainment family and aspired to continue his career in music, was shot at least once in the back of the head early Sunday just steps from his front door. The killing shocked family members, colleagues at MTV and neighbors in the tranquil neighborhood lined with shady trees and manicured frontyards just a short drive from the Miracle Mile.

According to a law enforcement source, Thomas is a reputed gang member who was released from state prison in December after serving a sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Thomas has several felony convictions, including possession of cocaine, said the source, who asked not be named because the case was ongoing. Young did not appear to have a criminal history.

Thomas and Young are suspected of committing at least nine armed robberies in the last two weeks in the Mid-City, Wilshire and Southwest Los Angeles areas, LAPD Capt. Matt Blake said. The pair were arrested in connection with the robberies Wednesday, along with San Fernando Valley resident Richard Edward Anderson, 33. Police said Anderson has not been linked to Ben-Meir’s slaying.

Anderson, who has half a dozen convictions dating from at least 1998, was on parole for being in possession of a controlled substance, according to authorities. Most of his convictions involved offenses related to drug possession and corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant.

Thomas was also booked on suspicion of killing Marcelo Aragon, who was struck by a shotgun blast and robbed as he walked through a residential area in the 2700 block of West 12th Street about 3:45 a.m. April 30, LAPD Officer Sara Faden said.

Thomas was being held in lieu of $2-million bail, police said, and Young was being held on $1-million bail.

The two were arrested as they rode in a Crown Victoria in Pico-Union, according to an LAPD source. The vehicle was stopped, the source said, because it matched a description of a car used in one of the robberies.

Detectives obtained search warrants for the vehicle and a home in South Los Angeles, which yielded evidence that connected Thomas and Young to the robberies and Ben-Meir’s slaying, according to the LAPD source.

Ben-Meir had just parked his BMW when he was killed on Packard Street between Stanley and Spaulding avenues, according to police. Authorities have declined to say whether he was robbed.

Residents told investigators that they heard what sounded like a gunshot about 1:30 a.m. but that they did not call police. A man walking his dog came across the body about 6:30 a.m.

SOURCE:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-mtv-killing-20110513,0,6744396.story


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