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A fuel tank has exploded in in Sirte, killing more than 100 people.

The explosion comes less than a week after the capture and death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in his hometown.

“There was an enormous explosion and a huge fire. More than 100 people were killed and 50 others wounded,” National Transitional Council commander Leith Mohammed said of the blast, which occurred last night, local time.

He said the scene was “a heart wrenching spectacle with dozens of charred bodies”.

The explosion happened as a crowd of people waited near the fuel tank to fill up their cars.

“We are still unable to put out the fire,” Mohammed said.

Some of the victims had returned to the town, the last bastion of resistance by Gaddafi loyalists, which fell last Thursday, to inspect the damage to their properties, the NTC commander added.

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