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Mandela's body arrives at Qunu ahead of Sunday burial

Crowds cheered, lining the road leading to Qunu.

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QUNU, South Africa (Reuters) — The body of Nelson Mandela arrived at his ancestral home village of Qunu in South Africa's Eastern Cape on Saturday ahead of the anti-apartheid leader's state funeral set for the following day.

The coffin carrying the remains of South Africa's first black president was driven in a hearse from Mthatha airport, 450 miles south of Johannesburg, with a ceremonial military escort and cheered by crowds lining parts of the road.

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(Reporting by Ed Cropley; Editing by Pascal Fletcher)