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Exactly 10 yrs ago, Libyan leader Gaddafi was killed. Here’s a first-hand account of his last days

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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi came to power in a coup in 1969 before he was toppled in 2011. Although some argued that his leadership brought a lot of socio-economic reforms to the country, he was criticized by others for being a dictator who ruled with an iron fist.

Ten years ago, on October 20, 2011, he was ousted following an international military intervention led by France, the United States and Britain. The revolutionary and politician was rounded up by rebels at his hideout and subsequently killed. Anti-government protests had begun in Libya in February 2011, eight months before he was killed. The protests, which were inspired by the successful uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, later turned into civil war as forces loyal to Gaddafi clashed with armed opposition groups.

On August 28, 2011, Gaddafi and two of his sons fled the Libyan capital, Tripoli, as it began to fall to rebels amid the conflict. But Khamis, one of the sons of the Libyan leader, was killed within a day by what was believed to be a NATO airstrike. Another son of Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, managed to make it to the town of Bani Walid, but that town soon fell to rebels. Gaddafi fled to the Libyan coastal city of Sirte, his hometown.

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