World leaders react to Colonel Gaddafi's death

Last updated at 17:30

People around the world have been reacting to the death of Colonel Gaddafi.

UK Primer Minister David Cameron said he was "proud" of Britain's contribution.

He also paid tribute to the bravery of the Libyans "who have helped to liberate their country".

Meanwhile US President Barack Obama said: "This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya."

Elsewhere French President Nicolas Sarkozy told reporters: "Clearly the operation is coming to its end."

And Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he was "glad" that Gaddafi had been captured.

Hiding underground

Gaddafi was badly wounded in an attempt to capture him on Thursday morning and died shortly afterwards.

He was found by NTC fighters, hiding in a drainage pipe underground.

One of Col Gaddafi's sons, Mutasim, was also killed during the attack.

But another of Gaddafi's sons, Saif al-Islam, is thought to be still in hiding in the desert.

Gaddafi's long reign

Col Gaddafi ruled Libya for nearly 42 years after he took power from King Idris I, when he was just 27 years old.

That made him the leader who'd ruled the longest in the Arab world and in Africa.

In that time he ruled Libya brutally - people who disagreed with him have been dealt with ruthlessly, often imprisoned and sometimes killed.

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BBC reporter Mark Doyle explains more about what this means for Libya

What happens next?

The country now faces the task of rebuilding itself after months of civil war.

But there's hope.

Libya is a very rich country - one of the richest in Africa - because it has a huge amount of oil reserves.

It's also possible that tourism could take off there: it has many beautiful beaches bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

The temporary government, the National Transitional Council (NTC), wants to bring democracy to the country, introducing elections so that Libyans can choose who governs them.

But it could go another way: with Col Gaddafi gone, the people may no longer feel united by their hatred of their leader - and arguments could start between the politicians representing different groups.