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Gadhafi's body taken from freezer, guard says

October 24, 2011

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MISRATA, Libya—The bodies of Moammar Gadhafi, his son Muatassim and a former aide have been moved from a commercial freezer in a warehouse area of Misrata in anticipation of burial, a security guard said.

Local military spokesman Ibrahim Beitalmal has said the burial is likely to take place Tuesday. He said the three men would be interred in unmarked graves in a secret location to avoid vandalism. Asked about the removal of the bodies from the freezer, he said he was unaware of the process of burial getting under way.

However, Salem al-Mohandes, a security guard at the warehouse complex, said the bodies were moved late Monday from the freezer, where they had been on display for the past four days. "Our job is finished," said al-Mohandes. "He (Gadhafi) was transferred and the military council of Misrata took him away to an unknown location. I don't know whether they buried him or not."

An Associated Press Television News team saw three vehicles leave the warehouse area late Monday. The team then entered the freezer and found it empty.

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