Don't shoot, don't shoot reportedly were the last words of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi who was known for savage killing of dissidents during his reign of 42 years in the North African country.

Gadhafi, 69, pleaded for mercy when rebels captured him as he tried to flee a drain where he was hiding in Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance, two months after the regime fell in August.

The BBC reported that a rebel fighter claimed that Gadhafi was hiding in a hole in the centre of the city and pleaded, Don't shoot.

The man brandished a golden pistol he said he took off from the former Libyan leader, who was lying dead nearby.

The ICC issued arrest warrants on June 27, 2011 for Gadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam, and his brother-in-law Abdullah al-Senussi, head of state security for charges, for crimes against humanity committed on political opponents.