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Saddam's tribe demands hometown burial

india Updated: Dec 30, 2006 17:38 IST
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Tribal leaders of executed former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein and the municipal council of his hometown Tikrit demanded on Saturday that Saddam's body be taken to Tikrit under US protection for burial.

Sheikh Ali al-Nada of the Tikrit-based Al Bayjat tribe and the town council said Saddam's body should be buried in Tikrit close to his two sons, Uday and Qusay.

Tribal leaders had earlier announced they would boycott Saddam's burial ceremony if the Iraqi government insisted on burying him in Baghdad.

A four-day curfew has been imposed in Tikrit after Saddam's execution and for the Eid-ul-Zuha festival this weekend.

Saddam was executed early on Saturday morning, four days after an Iraqi court upheld the death sentence handed down after he was convicted for the 1982 massacre in the Iraqi city of Dujail.