10/20/2011 09:16 EDT | Updated 12/20/2011 05:12 EST

Gaddafi Photos: Images From Celebrations And Purported Cellphone Picture Of Gaddafi (PHOTOS)

AP — Moammar Gaddafi, who ruled Libya with a dictatorial grip for 42 years until he was ousted by his own people in an uprising that turned into a bloody civil war, was killed Thursday by revolutionary fighters overwhelming his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after his regime fell.

The 69-year-old Gaddafi is the first leader to be killed in the Arab Spring wave of popular uprisings that swept the Middle East, demanding the end of autocratic rulers and the establishment of greater democracy.

Below are some images and videos emerging from Libya and will be updated with fresh pictures throughout the day.

WARNING: Some graphic images follow in the slideshow.

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