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Thousands Attend Funeral of Pakistani Student Who Died in German Jail


At least 30,000 people attended the funeral Saturday of a Pakistani student who died in German police custody.

Twenty-eight-year-old Amir Cheema was arrested in March on charges of attempting to kill the editor of "Die Welt" newspaper for reprinting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, first published in Denmark last year.

German police say Cheema hanged himself in his Berlin jail on May 3.

After Cheema's body arrived in Lahore from Germany Saturday, a military helicopter flew his coffin to the family home in the village of Saroki.

Officials say the tens of thousands of mourners dispersed peacefully after the funeral.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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