Slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will be buried according to Muslim rites within 24 hours, a Libyan commander said on Friday, and the body bore a visible bullet hole in the head.
“He will get his right like any Muslim, his body will be washed and treated with dignity. I expect he will be buried in a Muslim cemetery within 24 hours,” commander Abdul-Salam Eleiwa said in Misrata, where fighters are keeping Gaddafi’s body in a large cold store in an old market area.
He said he did not know where the burial would take place in Libya. Misrata was a stronghold of anti-Gaddafi rebels who toppled him in an eight-month civil war.
The body, which was shown to fighters and a Reuters witness, bore a clear bullet hole in the side of the head, as well as bruises and scratch marks. Fighters shouted “God is great” as they were ushered in by guards. There were no officials of the ruling National Transitional Council in the area.