A Misrata military council official said Muammar Gaddafi, his son Muatassim and a top aide have been buried in a secret location, with a few relatives and officials in attendance.
In a text message read to The Associated Press, spokesman Ibrahim Beitalmal is quoted as saying the burial took place at 5 am Tuesday, and that Islamic prayers were read over the bodies. The information could not be independently verified.
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The three bodies had been held in cold storage in Misrata since Gaddafi was captured near his hometown of Sirte on Thursday. Gaddafi's body was on display until its decay forced the authorities on Monday to close the doors.
The bodies were displayed at mall freezer (Photo: MCT)
Gaddafi and Muatassim were captured alive, with some injuries, but died in unclear circumstances later that day. Libya's interim leaders have promised an investigation, responding to mounting international pressure.
On Monday, Beitalmal had said the three would be buried in unmarked graves in a secret location to prevent vandalism. Presumably, the graves would also be kept hidden to avoid turning them into shrines for Gaddafi loyalists.
International organizations asking to see the burial site would be given access, Beitalmal said.
Over the weekend, Libya's chief pathologist, Dr. Othman el-Zentani performed autopsies on the three bodies and also took DNA samples to confirm their identities. El-Zentani has said Gaddafi died from a shot to the head, and said the full report would be released later this week, after he presents his findings to the attorney general.
It remains unclear when exactly Gaddafi suffered the fatal injury – before he was taken into custody or after he had been captured by revolutionary fighters.
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