White House officials are monitoring reports that Moammar Qadhafi has been captured in Libya, but are unable to confirm the status of the former Libyan leader.

The chief spokesman for the revolutionary National Transitional Council Jalal el-Gallal and the council military spokesman Abdul-Rahman Busin told the Associated Press that reports that Mr. Qadhafi has been captured in his hometown of Sirte are unconfirmed.

Libyan fighters captured Sirte on Thursday, two months after the fall of Tripoli.

Reports of Mr. Qadhafi’s capture follow Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s visit to Libya on Tuesday. She said in Tripoli that she hoped Mr. Qadhafi would be captured or killed.

Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Thursday the State Department has been unable to confirm the reports about Mr. Qadhafi.

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