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Former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi killed by revolutionaries

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(CNN) -- Libya's former dictator, Moammar Gadhafi, was killed Thursday as revolutionary forces overran his hometown.

After eight months of civil war, it's hoped the country will now turn from fighting to rebuilding.

As cries of jubilation rang through the streets of Tripoli, world leaders weighed in on the historic importance of the occasion.

"This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya," President Barack Obama said, "who now have the opportunity to determine their own destiny in a new and democratic Libya."

Libyan officials say revolutionary forces found Moammar Gadhafi in his home town.

The Libyan ambassador to the United States says Gadhafi was then killed in a shootout between revolutionaries and his loyalist forces.

"We are very free," said one Libyan, "and I feel that my birthday is today, really, I feel that I am six hours old."

"We are so happy," said another Libyan. "It's the great, greatest moment in all my life."

Though Libyans are celebrating the end of an eight-month revolt, and more than 40 years of tyranny, there will be struggles as the country moves toward democracy.

"Let us recognize immediately that this is only the end of the beginning," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said. "The road ahead for Libya and it's people will be difficult and full of challenges."

President Obama said NATO's mission in the country will soon end, but the United States will still stand behind Libya.

"You have won your revolution," the President said. "And now we will be a partner as you forge a future that provides dignity, freedom and opportunity."

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