WASHINGTON - US officials scrambled to check reports on Thursday that deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had died, an outcome that could help stabilize the war-torn North African country.
Gaddafi was wounded in the head and legs as he tried to flee in a convoy that came under attack from NATO warplanes at dawn near his hometown of Sirte, a senior official with Libya's National Transitional Council told Reuters.
Administration officials, including those at the State Department and Pentagon, were was trying to confirm the report.
In the past, some reports about Gaddafi's whereabouts and the fate of his sons have proved false.
NATO said its aircraft attacked two military vehicles near Sirte at about 8:30 a.m. local time (0630 GMT) on Thursday but could not confirm that Gaddafi was a passenger.
US warplanes were not involved in any air strikes in Libya at that time, a Pentagon spokesman said.