The Libyan fighter who captured Moammar Gadhafi on Thursday was wearing a New York Yankees cap, according to multiple reports.

Mohammed El Bibi, 20, told the BBC that he was the one who had found and captured Gadhafi and, as the dictator lie wounded, that he had snatched Gadhafi's prized gun from him.

Soon after the capture, El Bibi was hoisted onto the shoulders of his fellow rebel comrades and waved Gadhafi's slimline gold 9mm Browning Hi-Power gun in the air in triumph. He was then paraded on the streets of Sirte, where volley after volley of gunfire could be heard in celebration.

El Bibi found Gadhafi hiding in a drainage ditch in the city of Sirte, the dictator's birthplace and hometown. Gadhafi is thought to have fled his car after his speeding convoy fleeing his Sirte stronghold was attacked by a U.S. Predator drone at 6 a.m. UK time.

As the strike on Gadhafi's convoy hit the lead vehicles, his aides started trying to exit from cars and escape on foot, realizing they were trapped. Gadhafi and his aides then tried to run into the safety of a drainage ditch where they were soon shot dead by rebel fighters, including El Bibi, pursuing them on foot.

Gadhafi, who died from wounds to the legs and his head, lay in the drainage desperately begging for his life.

El Bibi told the BBC that the former Libyan leader said to him simply, Don't shoot.

Libya's national Transitional Council vice-chairman Abdul Hafiz Ghoga told a news conference in Benghazi: We announce to the world that Moammar Gadhafi has been killed at the hands of the revolutionaries. We will announce the liberation of Libya within hours, maybe sooner.