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Qaddafi's secret burial doesn't end controversy over his death

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Former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi was buried in an unmarked grave in the country's southern desert at dawn today. Libyan officials said that choosing an obscure burial site will prevent his grave from becoming a shrine for his remaining supporters and from being desecrated by critics.

Mr. Qaddafi's body had been on display for several days in a cold storage locker, which Libyans flocked to in order to see for themselves that he was dead.

Two loyalists in the transitional government were charged with the task of carrying out the burial, Reuters reports. Qaddafi's personal cleric Khaled Tantoush offered the final prayers over the bodies of Qaddafi and his son, Motassim, while still in storage in Misrata.

Associated Press reports that both Motassim and former defense minister Abu Bakr Younis were buried with Qaddafi. Relatives and local officials from Misrata attended the burial.

That the burial took place unexpectedly and secretly runs counter to previous reports from NTC officials that they were negotiating with members of Qaddafi's tribe over where and how to dispose of his body, Reuters reports.


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