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An anti-Gadhafi fighter shows photographers a golden pistol said to belong to Moammar Gadhafi.

"I reassure everyone that this story has ended and this book has closed."

Those are the words of military spokesman Col. Ahmed Bani in Tripoli, on the death of Moammar Gadhafi.

If only it were so simple.

Col. Bani's account of Col. Gadhafi's death is like so many other accounts from Libyan government officials and journalists: dramatic, contradictory and confusing.

As Col. Bani explained to Al-Jazeera TV, Col. Gadhafi tried to resist NTC fighters, "so they took him down."

It directly contradicts his boss account.

In Libyan interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril's account, he quotes a forensic report by a Libyan doctor in which Col. Gadhafi is found alive and does not resist arrest.

That report states that as Col. Gadhafi was moved from his hiding place (the sewage pipe), he was shot in the arm. He had no other injuries when placed in a vehicle, but when the vehicle proceeded it was caught in a crossfire and Col. Gadhafi was hit by a bullet in the head.

But it doesn't end with these two conflicting scenarios. Here are some other scenarios that have been circulating. Which is the closest to the truth of the former Libyan leader's final moments?

Scenario 1: Cornered in a compound

The final battle in Sirte takes place at an opulent compound in Sirte for visiting dignitaries built by Col. Gadhafi. A convoy carrying the former Libyan leader tries to break out of the compound but turns back after being hit.

Hundreds of revolutionary fighters attack the compound.

"We found him there," said Adel Busamir, a Misrata Military Council fighter who says he was involved in the final battle. "We saw them beating him (Gadhafi) and someone shot him with a 9mm pistol ... then they took him away," he told AP Television News.

Critique: A frontline fighter saying he was a witness to Col. Gadhafi being summarily executed is very strong. But there are several key questions that follow from his account. What caused the convoy to turn back? Was it a ground assault or an air strike?

The account is repeated by one NTC official, Abdel Majid Mlegta, who told Reuters that Col. Gadhafi was finally cornered in a compound in Sirte and wounded during a gun battle.

The difference between the two accounts is that in Mr. Mlegta's version Col. Gadhafi bled to death as he was being transported in an ambulance. There is no further detail about the compound's location, how revolutionary fighters were able to break through, and what aided their final assault. By all accounts, revolutionary fighters had unsuccessfully tried to liberate Sirte for several weeks.

Scenario 2: NATO jets strike Gadhafi convoy

In this scenario, loyalist fighters flee Sirte in the early hours of Thursday morning.

In the convoy is Col. Gadhafi and key members of his inner circle, including one of his sons. The convoy travels several miles west of Sirte when French aircraft, and possibly a U.S. drone, hits the convoy destroying several vehicles.

The rest of the convoy is unable to continue, or does not get very far, when it comes under attack by revolutionary fighters.

Critique: This scenario is very close to the one described by Reuters and confirmed by NATO. The French have also confirmed that their aircraft did indeed target a convoy leaving Sirte on Thursday morning.

However, NATO has not confirmed that it had any knowledge that Col. Gadhafi was in the convoy.

A Reuters correspondent describes seeing 15 pick-up trucks mounted with machine guns found smouldering on a road two miles west of Sirte. But if this was the convoy that left Sirte with Col. Gadhafi in it, where was his vehicle? How did he escape the attack? How did revolutionary fighters eventually find him?

One key account comes from Mansour Daou, who was the leader of Col. Gadhafi's personal bodyguards and with the former Libya leader during his final moments.

He spoke to al Arabiya television about how survivors of the airstrike "split into groups and each group went its own way." Mansour Daou says he was with Col. Gadhafi and four volunteer soldiers.

However, he had not witnessed his leader's capture or death because he fell unconscious due to wounds from a shell explosion.

Scenario 3: Caught alive in a sewage pipe, Col. Gadhafi dies en route to hospital

Col. Gadhafi and a small group of bodyguards survive the airstrike, escape on foot and try to hide from approaching revolutionary fighters.

A lengthy firefight takes place and Col. Gadhafi is injured. Revolutionary fighters manage to capture Col. Gadhafi, pulling him from a sewage pipe and rush him in to a vehicle. En route to the hospital, he dies of his wounds.

Critique: This is certainly the scenario that the interim Libyan government is trying to put forward.

There is no doubt now that Col. Gadhafi was found alive. Video filmed on cellphones by revolutionary fighters confirms this.

The key detail in the forensic report delivered to the government is that Col. Gadhafi was killed by a bullet to the head when the vehicle he was placed in by revolutionary fighters came under attack.

It was a crossfire situation, and the report cannot conclude whether the bullet was from the gun of a loyalist fighter or a revolutionary fighter.

But at what point did the vehicle come under attack? Key videos show soldiers celebrating the capture not engaged with loyalist fighters.

Scenario 4: Caught alive, Col. Gadhafi is executed

Critique: The voice of a revolutionary fighter on the cellphone video is clear, "Keep him alive, keep him alive!"

Suddenly, Col. Gadhafi is no longer in view and gunshots can be heard.

Were these gunshots aimed at Col. Gadhafi? Were these celebratory shots in the air? And if they were aimed at Col. Gadhafi, who pulled the trigger?

One senior Libyan government official told Reuters in no uncertain terms: "They captured him alive and while he was being taken away, they beat him and then they killed him. He might have been resisting."

There is cellphone video that shows Col. Gadhafi's lifeless body being loaded in to a vehicle in Sirte before being driven to Misrata.

Had he just been executed? Had he become unconscious from a loss of blood? Was he about to be driven several hundred kilometres as a trophy of a long and bloody civil war?

An AFP photographer who photographed Col. Gadhafi's body in a Misrata house described Col. Gadhafi's bare chest, his stomach covered in blood, and the impact of a bullet on his forehead.

For a man who taunted revolutionary fighters as "rats," did fighters show restraint when they captured him? Or did they, in a moment of battlefield hysteria, exact their justice?