Rebels seize Gadhafi’s compound

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TRIPOLI, Libya  — Rebel forces gained “full control” over Moammar Gadhafi’s fortified Bab al-Aziziya compound in Libya’s capital Tuesday, NBC News reported.

The compound, which was heavily damaged by NATO airstrikes, had emerged as one of the last centers of government resistance.

“Strategically, this means that Tripoli has fallen,” NBC’s Richard Engel said from inside the compound.

Several rebels, in a show of contempt for the man who ruled their vast North African nation for more than 40 years, placed a head seized from a statue under their feet and kicked it. One happily lifted it above his head while his comrades danced and yelled joyfully around him.

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Rebels seize Gadhafi's compound

Updated