Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) buried Muammar Gaddafi at an unknown location at dawn Tuesday, al-Jazeera television said, quoting a source in the council.

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 Monday to end the display.