NPR : News

Filed Under:

Gadhafi Buried, Officials Say; Location Kept Secret

The bodies of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and his son Muatassim were buried this morning in a secret location, according to officials of the local military council in Misrata, Libya.

Gadhafi was captured and killed last Thursday in his hometown of Sirte. For most of the last four days, his body had been on display in a Misrata commercial food locker.

As NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reported from Tripoli for our Newscast desk, the burials came after much debate in Libya over what to do with Gadhafi's remains. "The leadership, though, always maintained his burial site should remain secret because they didn't want it to turn into a shrine or conversely be defaced by those who hated him," she said.

Lourdes also reported that officials said "Islamic prayers were ... read over the remains" and that some of Gadhafi's relatives were in attendance.

According to al-Jazeera, some of Gadhafi's tribe members "were allowed to pray over the body before it was buried, and then [transitional] commanders took his body into the unknown location in the desert and buried it."

Also buried with Gadhafi and his son was former Libyan Defense Minister Abu Bakr Younis.

As we reported Monday, Libya's interim leaders have said they will investigate the circumstances surrounding Gadhafi's death. Libyan officials have said they believe he was killed in crossfire between his supporters and his captors. A coroner has ruled that a shot to Gadhafi's head was the fatal wound. But videos of the chaotic capture scene indicate he was beaten.

Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

'Neither Snow Nor Rain' Celebrates History Of U.S. Postal Service

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Devin Leonard whose new book, Neither Snow Nor Rain, celebrates the history of the U.S. Postal Service.
WAMU 88.5

Should Local Restaurants Retire The Phrase, "Farm To Table?"

Where does Washington restaurant food really come from? Kojo explores how the phrase "farm to table" is used and discusses whether it should be retired altogether.

WAMU 88.5

The Results Of Tuesday's Indiana Primaries

Guest host Lisa Desjardins talks with NPR's Ron Elving about what the results of Tuesday's primaries in Indiana mean for the 2016 presidential race.

NPR

China Investigates Search Engine Baidu After Student Dies Of Cancer

A college student accused China's largest search engine, Baidu, of misleading him to a fraudulent cancer treatment. He died in April.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.