Dragged from a drain: Libyans remember the day Gadhafi died

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Exactly five years ago, grainy video aired across Arabic satellite networks showing a disheveled man, his face and clothes matted with blood, being dragged from a drain where he’d been hiding. The footage then shows him lying on the ground before being lifted on to a truck.

All around him, gunmen fire their guns in the air in jubilation.

But then all hell breaks loose.

Shots are exchanged between two groups of men and the slumped figure on the truck is fatally wounded.

The man in question is Moammar Gadhafi, the former dictator of Libya, and these were his final moments after he’d been captured in his home city of Sirte by forces loyal to the new interim government.

It was a grotesque and inglorious end for a man who had enjoyed absolute power since 1969, and who referred to himself as Africa’s “king of kings.”

But it was also the symbolic end of an authoritarian — and often brutal — regime, a seismic event that would bring hope as well as new fears for the future of Libya.

Fast forward five years, CNN spoke to ordinary Libyans across the country about the moment they heard Gadhafi had died.