New video of Moammar Gadhafi's capture in Sirte, Libya shows that revolutionary fighters attacked their former leader moments before he died.
Gadhafi was captured on Thursday after he was found hiding in a drain pipe. He was found in the city of Sirte, where the revolutionary soldiers fought against the remaining pro-Gadhafi loyalist stronghold.
One of Gadhafi'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, NTC fighter Salem Bakeer told reporters.
Then I think Gadhafi must have told them to stop. 'My master is here, my master is here', he said, 'Moammar Gadhafi is here and he is wounded.' We went in and brought Gadhafi out. He was saying 'What's wrong? What's wrong? What's going on?' Then we took him and put him in the car.
Then, according to the cell phone videos capturing the moment, Gadhafi was brought to a group of NTC fighters who beat and kicked him while shouting Allahu Akbar. One of the fighters hit Gadhafi, who still appeared to be conscious and pleading, in the face with a pistol.
The newest video was posted to YouTube by Libyan news organization Freedom Group. The video doesn't actually show how Gadhafi died, but it also doesn't challenge the theory that Gadhafi was executed somewhere between Sirte and Misrata.
According to doctor Ibrahim Tika, who examined Gadhafi's body, the ousted despot died from two bullet wounds that were the result of an execution that likely took place on the truck transporting him to the city of Misrata.
Gaddafi was arrested while he was alive but he was killed later. There was a bullet and that was the primary reason for his death, it penetrated his gut, he told Al Arabiya television. Then there was another bullet in the head that went in and out of his head.
Other medical examiners haven't offered the same opinion, and Libya's Interim Prime Minister Mustafa Abdul Jalil has claimed that Gadhafi was hit when loyalists opened fire on the NTC convoy leaving Sirte.
While the soldiers' reactions should be condemned, it isn't hard to understand why, after nine months of war and 42 years of institutionalized oppression, they erupt with a violent fervor.