Tens of thousands of Algerians have massed in a mountain village to bury a national hero of the independence war with France.

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Hocine Ait Ahmed, also an opposition figure who spent nearly a quarter-century in exile in Europe, was buried on Friday in the Kabyle village where he was born.

A day earlier, Ait Ahmed's body arrived in Algiers, the Algerian capital. The country's leading opposition figure died on Wednesday in Lausanne, Switzerland, at 89.

Ait Ahmed had requested a burial in his native village, Ath Ahmedh, next to his mother's grave, the AP news agency reported.

The ceremony transformed into a scene of chaos as crowds flooded the winding mountain roads to view the flag-draped coffin.

Ait Ahmed had been the last of nine heroes of Algeria's war of independence to die.

Source: AP