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Posted: Dec 15, 2013 4:04 AM

Updated: Dec 15, 2013 4:05 AM

QUNU, South Africa (AP) South African military jets and helicopters flew over as 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 funerals service in which more than 4,000 guests heard songs and speeches in a nearby tent.

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