Saddam Hussein Buried in Ancestral Village

Saddam Hussein was buried Sunday in the village where he was born 69 years ago. He was interred in a compound he built for himself in Ouja, a few miles south of Tikrit. The area was a major power base for Saddam.

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Saddam Hussein was buried yesterday in the village where he was born 69 years ago. He was interred in a compound he built for himself a few miles south of Tikrit.

Tikrit was a major power base for Saddam during his more than a quarter of century as ruler of Iraq. Dozens of relatives and other mourners attended Saddam's funeral, which took place in the dark just before dawn.

Also, hundreds of supporters visited Saddam's burial place. It's a domed chamber 20 feet tall hung with a green chandelier. In Tikrit, gunmen took to the streets carrying pictures of Saddam and calling for vengeance. But across the country, there was a relative lull in the violence.

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