Omran Shaaban made headlines when he was shown capturing Libyan dictator Col. Gaddafi. Omran was from the town of Misrata, Libya which neighbors the Gaddafi Loyalist town of Bani Walid.
The Hindustani Times
, and Perth Now
, are reporting that Omran has succumbed to the injuries he received at the hands of Gaddafi loyalists from the neighboring town of Bani Walid.
Historically, the two towns have been at odds, but recently the issue became a single man who played a large part in the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi, Omran Shaaban.
Shaaban had been kidnapped in July of this year by the Gaddafi loyalists in Bani Walid, he was then abused, tortured, and beaten. After being held for 50 days, his release was gained by the GNC (General National Congress) of Libya. The president of the GNC, Mohammed Megaryef, was instrumental in the mediation efforts to effect the release of Shaaban.
At one point, Shaaban had attempted to escape but was recaptured after being shot in the neck and stomach. On his release from Bani Walid, Shaaban was flown to a hospital in France to receive treatment for his wounds and paralysis from being shot in the neck.
Shaaban died in the French hospital and was flown home to Libya today. The Libyan President has vowed that those responsible will be brought to justice, which may not be an easy task considering how well armed the town of Bani Walid happens to be with a population of 100,000.
Shaabans brother, Walid Ben Shaaban, is quoted as stating:
"We will take revenge militarily but legitimately," said Walid Ben Shaaban who commands a brigade made up of ex-rebel fighters"..."We will give the authorities an opportunity to tackle the issue but if they fail to act, we know how to make our move,"
As war torn as Libya still is from the civil war of last year, the possible re-ignition of long term hostilities between rival factions is still a very real concern.