Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s death was announced by the Prime Minister of the country’s National Transitional Council (NTC) government Mahmoud Jibril, who told a press conference in capital Tripoli: ‘We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Gaddafi has been killed.’

He was dragged from a drain where he was hiding and was then summarily executed.

In London, David Cameron said it was a moment to remember his many victims, including those who died when Pan-Am flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie in 1988, Wpc Yvonne Fletcher, who was gunned down outside the Libyan embassy in 1984, and those killed by the IRA using Semtex explosives supplied by Gaddafi.

In a statement notably free of any hint of triumphalism, the Prime Minister said he was ‘proud’ of the role Britain played in helping the Libyan people liberate their country.
Speaking outside 10 Downing Street minutes after Mr Jibril confirmed Gaddafi’s death, Mr Cameron said: ‘People in Libya today have an even greater chance, after this news, of building themselves a strong and democratic future.
‘I’m proud of the role that Britain has played in helping them to bring that about and I pay tribute to the bravery of the Libyans who have helped to liberate their country.
‘We will help them, we will work with them, and that is what I want to say today.’

Saddam Hussein was hanged in 2006. Osama bin Laden was killed earlier this year and today it was the turn of Muammar Gaddafi. This adds weight to the evidence that ‘those who live by the sword, die by the sword’. I wonder who is next?