Mandela's body arrives for viewing in South Africa

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PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Nelson Mandela's body is now lying in state in South Africa's capital. Soldiers in formal uniforms carried the anti-apartheid icon's casket into the Union Buildings to a special viewing center.

Motorcycle-riding police officers escorted the casket Wednesday morning from 1 Military Hospital outside of Pretoria to the Union Buildings. Some Pretoria residents lined the streets to watch the procession go by, singing tributes to Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95.

Family members, government officials and world leaders are expected to pass by the coffin. It's unclear whether it will be an open- or closed-casket viewing, and officials have banned cameras from being inside the viewing area.

Mandela's body will lie in state for three days in Pretoria, before being flown to Qunu, his home in the Eastern Cape Province. He will be buried Sunday.

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