Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Doha - Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa on Monday that any Libyan soldier who can shoot and kill embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi should do so “to rid Libya of him”.

“Whoever in the Libyan army is able to shoot a bullet at Mr Gaddafi should do so,” Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born cleric who is usually based in Qatar, told Al Jazeera television.

He also called on Libyan ambassadors around the world to distance themselves from Gaddafi’s regime.

Qaradawi, 85, hosts a popular show on Al Jazeera satellite channel and has close ties with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. - Sapa-AFP