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Remains from downed MH17 return home

By Agencies in Kuala Lumpur ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-08-23 07:59:43

Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins containing the Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home on Friday to a country that is still searching the ocean for another doomed jet and whose government is battling the political fallout of the twin tragedies.

The bodies and ashes of 20 victims from the Malaysia Airlines jet that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July were given full military honors, and a day of national mourning was declared, the first in the country's history.

Many people in offices in the nation of 30 million observed a minute's silence as the hearses were driven from the tarmac of Kuala Lumpur International Airport to private funerals. Some public trains in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, stopped operating.

Remains from downed MH17 return home

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