Moammar Gadhafi buried at secret site in Libya desert

Moammar Gadhafi, his son Moatassim and a top aide were buried at a secret unmarked location in the Libyan desert at dawn Tuesday with a simple Islamic burial ceremony, Libyan transition authorities said Tuesday.

Ibrahim Beitalmal, a spokesman for the Libyan National Transition Council in Misrata, said that one of Gadhafi’s nephews, as well as a Muslim cleric, “read a prayer for the dead before Gadhafi’s body—along with those of his son Muatassim and former defense minister Abu Bakr Younis—were handed over for burial,” the Associated Press reported.

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Beitalmal said the secret burial site was “not far” from the Libyan port city of Misrata, where Gadhafi’s body had laid on display in a cold storage facility for the past four days. The bodies were washed in Islamic tradition before the burial ceremony, which was held at 5am.

Libyan authorities have said they will keep secret the location of the Gadhafi burial, so as to ensure that it neither becomes a shrine for the former dictator, nor defaced by his enemies, the AP report said.

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