WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement today amid reports that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been killed:

“The reported death of Moammar Gadhafi is an important first step in establishing a free Libya after 42 years under his dictatorship. As they reclaim their rightful sovereignty and turn to the hard task of self-government, we stand with the people of Libya.”