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Death report shows Gaddafi dies of shots in head, abdomen

(Xinhua)

08:59, October 24, 2011

BENGHAZI, Libya, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- A death report of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya's fallen leader who died on Thursday in his hometown of Sirte after captivity, showed on Sunday that he died of bullet injuries in his head and abdomen.

The report provided by Libya's justice department said that Gaddafi's death was caused by a shot on the left-side head and another wound in the abdomen. This is in conformation with what the leadership of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) has announced shortly after the death of Gaddafi on Thursday.

But no more details were offered concerning the circumstances of the deaths of Gaddafi and his son Mutassim, who was also captured in Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown and the last stronghold of his loyalists, and later died on Thursday.

Mutassim's death came after he suffered shots in his neck, feet and his back, the report said.

The report added that there were scars of old surgeries on both the left and right sides of Gaddafi's abdomen as well as in his left thigh.

Gaddafi's body is still on display for civilians in Misrata, a town in the middle between Sirte and the capital Tripoli, as the NTC is scheduled to announce the "liberation" of the country in a couple of hours in Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya and where anti-Gaddafi protests started.

Meanwhile, the new Libyan rulers are yet to come up with a decision on how to deal with Gaddafi's corpse. Some have suggested a sea burial.

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