Bodies of 267 Gaddafi loyalists found in Sirte

The bodies of 267 people have been found buried in mass graves in Sirte, the hometown and last stronghold of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Fox News said.

Most of the dead were supporters of Gaddafi and had been executed, Fox News reported late on Wednesday citing a Red Cross source who spoke with an online Libyan newspaper.

"The Transitional National Council (TNC) has pledged to investigate the deaths and punish the perpetrators," the source said.

The discovery of mass graves in Sirte and its surroundings comes a day after Gaddafi and one of his sons were buried at a secret location in the Libyan desert.

Gaddafi, who ruled Libya for 42 years, died shortly after being captured by National Council fighters near Sirte last week. The UN human rights office, as well as Russia and the United States, have called for a probe into the deposed Libyan leader's apparent execution.

[Source: Ria Novosti, Moscow, 27Oct11]

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