Muammar Qaddafi was buried in a secret desert site Tuesday morning hours after fuel tank blast in his home town of Sirte killed 100 people, but it is not yet known if the blast was an attack or an accident.
"There was an enormous explosion and a huge fire. More than 100 people were killed and 50 others wounded" in Monday night's blast, National Transitional Council commander Leith Mohammed told AFP.
He said the scene was "a heart wrenching spectacle with dozens of charred bodies."
Qaddafi’s burial comes almost a week after he was killed. The treatment of his body caused worldwide consternation after it was displayed at a public meat market until it became so decayed that it had to be removed.
Complaints from his family and a wide array of international leaders and human rights groups forced the new government to agree to appoint a panel to investigate the circumstances in which he was killed. Conflicting reports have said he died in a battle while others said he was lynched by being shot in the head trying to escape and videos showed his body being dragged through the streets. He had been cornered io an underground drainage pipe in Sirte.
Human Rights Watch said most of those who died the day Qaddafi was killed were victims of fighting and a NATO strike but that “between six and ten of the dead appear to have been executed at the site with gunshot wounds to the head and body.”