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Originally published December 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM | Page modified December 15, 2013 at 3:29 AM

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Mandela makes final journey home in SAfrica

South African military jets and helicopters flew over after pallbearers placed Nelson Mandela's casket over the grave after a funeral ceremony.


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QUNU, South Africa —

South African military jets and helicopters flew over after pallbearers placed Nelson Mandela's casket over the grave after a funeral ceremony.

South African television showed Mandela's casket at the family gravesite, but stopped broadcasting the event before the casket was lowered at the request of the Mandela family.

The burial was taking place among the rolling hills of Qunu, the village in eastern South Africa where Mandela grew up and where he was taken for burial in an elaborate ceremony Sunday.

Some 450 people attended the burial ceremony after an earlier funeral service in which more than 4,000 guests heard songs and speeches in a nearby tent.



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