Gaddafi body being taken to secret location: NTC official

MISRATA, Libya Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:57am EDT

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MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) - The body of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is being taken to a location which is being kept secret for security reasons, a National Transitional Council official said Thursday.

Gaddafi died of wounds suffered Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eight-month-old uprising against his rule overran his hometown Sirte, Libya's interim rulers said.

"Gaddafi's body is with our unit in a car and we are taking the body to a secret place for security reasons," Mohamed Abdel Kafi, an NTC official in the city of Misrata told Reuters.

(Reporting by Suhaib Salem and Yasmine Saleh; Editing by David Stamp)