Residents found the body of the Anbar province (search) deputy governor, who had been kidnapped earlier this month, hospital officials said Saturday.

Bassem Mohammed's (search) body was found Friday evening near Ramadi General Hospital, said Dr. Abdel Munim Aftan, the facility's director.

Some residents said Mohammed was beheaded, but Aftan would only confirm that he was killed.

Mohammed was seized on Sept. 8 when gunmen opened fire on his vehicle. His son was wounded during the shooting.

Relatives collected Mohammed's body from the hospital on Saturday, Aftan said.

The province is a stronghold of Sunni insurgents who have waged a 17-month campaign against Iraq's interim government and its U.S.-led backers.