Gaddafi, son buried at night in secret location
Misrata, Oct 25: The body of slain despot Muammar Gaddafi was buried overnight in a secret location after being displayed in public for days, marking an ignominious end for the colonel who ruled Libya with an iron fist for four decades.
A Misrata military council member, speaking on condition of anonymity, said today that Gaddafi's remains were buried "overnight in a religious ceremony", along with the corpses of his son Mutassim and ex-defence minister Abu Bakr Yunis Jaber.
The bodies had been put on display in a market freezer on the outskirts of Misrata, 215 kilometres (132 miles) east of Tripoli, with thousands of Libyans queuing up since Friday to view and photograph them.
According to guards at the entrance to the market, a convoy of four or five military vehicles took the bodies away to an unknown location late on Monday night.
Three religious leaders loyal to the ousted dictator prayed and performed a religious ceremony before the burial, the military council member told AFP.
The two sons of the former defence minister, brought straight from prison, and his father were present to witness the bodies being picked up from the market, the source said.
"I saw the burial permit. It stated that Gaddafi had two gunshot wounds, one in the head and one in the chest, and that he bore the scars of previous surgical operations," the source added.
The overnight burials come amid raging controversy over the circumstances of Gaddafi's death after he was taken alive during the fall of his hometown Sirte last Thursday.
Libya's interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said a commission of inquiry is to probe the strongman's killing after concerns raised by foreign governments and rights group. AFP
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