Gaddafi pledges ‘martyrdom or death’

Cairo – Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi pledged “martyrdom or death” after rebels captured his compound in the capital, media reports said on Wednesday.

A Tripoli radio station quoted Gaddafi as saying he abandoned the Bab al-Azizya compound as “tactical move after the compound was levelled by 64 Nato airstrikes”, broadcaster Al Jazeera reported.

Libyan rebels captured Gaddafi’s home on Tuesday following days of fighting in Tripoli.

Footage showed rebels at Gaddafi’s home, where he used to stand while giving his speeches. They were also seen destroying a statue of Gaddafi and kicking the head.

Gaddafi spokesperson Moussa Ibrahim said loyalists were ready to resist for months and even years. In a phone interview with Al-Orouba and al-Ra television stations, he said Gaddafi was ready to turn the north African country into “volcanoes, lava and fire”. 
The whereabouts of Gaddafi, who has ruled Libya since 1969, were unknown, Al Jazeera reported.

Fighting was reportedly continuing across the capital.

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