The rebels who captured Moammar Khadafy visited a final humiliation on the brutal Libyan dictator while dragging him from a drainage pipe to his doom - they tortured him with a knife, disturbing new footage revealed Monday.
Graphic footage released Monday by GlobalPost.com shows a rebel jabbing a helpless Khadafy in the backside with what appears to be a U.S.-made combat knife called a BK&T - and which the Libyans called a "Bicketti."
Khadafy, who used rape to terrorize political opponents, appears bloodied and terrified. And screams in Arabic can be heard amid the vengeful cries of the rebels.
The dictator died off-camera from a bullet to the head.
Reuters reported Khadafy, whose rotting body has been on public display for four days, will be buried Tuesday at an undisclosed location in the desert.
Libya's new leaders, under international pressure, have launched an investigation into who fired the fatal shot.
Interim leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil suggested Monday that Khadafy was rubbed out by his own supporters to keep him from naming the names of his accomplices.
"Free Libyans wanted to keep Khadafy in prison and humiliate him as long as possible," Abdul-Jalil said. "Those who wanted him killed were those who were loyal to him or had played a role under him. His death was in their benefit."
As horrific as the GlobalPost footage is, it's not the most graphic video of Khadafy's last moments after he was captured Thursday.
There have been conflicting reports about the 69-year-old dictator's final moments, with government officials initially saying they believed he was killed in crossfire as his supporters battled with rebel fighters.
The interim government formally liberated Libya Sunday, ending Khadafy's 42-year dictatorship and putting the oil-rich nation on a two-year path to democracy.
Rebel fighters also continued to hunt for the ousted leader's son, Saif al-Islam Khadafy, who has not been seen since his father was captured in his hometown Sirte.
He was believed to be trying to reach Niger, where three other Khadafy sons and a daughter have gone into exile.