NTC officials: Gaddafi and son buried at dawn in Libya

Dictator buried in secret desert grave after starting to decay during days on display in cold storage; gas tank explosion kills 50 in Sirte.

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi 311 (R) (photo credit: Reuters)
Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi 311 (R)
(photo credit: Reuters)
TRIPOLI - Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mo'tassim were buried at dawn on Tuesday in an unknown location, ending a wrangle over the rotting bodies.
"Gaddafi and the son, Mo'tassim, were buried at dawn in a secret place with proper respects paid. We will release more details officially later," a senior interim government official told Reuters.
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NTC officials said earlier that the ousted Libyan leader would be buried in a secret desert grave, ending a wrangle over his rotting corpse that led many to fear for the country's governability.
Transitional government forces had put the body on show in a cold store in Misrata while they argued over what to do with it, until its decay forced them on Tuesday to end the display.The bodies of one of Gaddafi's sons and of his former army chief were also on show in the cold store.
In Muammar Gaddafi's home town of Sirte, local residents said more than 50 people werekilled when two fuel tanks exploded on Tuesday, an incident apparently unrelated to the burial.

The explosion was caused by a short circuit, they said, andhappened at midday on Tuesday. The two tanks were still on fireafter dark.