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Aftershocks rattle Italy as national mourning begins

  • Coffins of some of the victims of Wednesday's earthquake lie inside a gymnasium in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Strong aftershocks rattled residents and rescue crews alike Friday as hopes began to dim that firefighters would find any more survivors from Italy's earthquake. The first funerals were scheduled for some of the victims, with the government declaring a day of national mourning and a state funeral scheduled for Saturday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Coffins of some of the victims of Wednesday's earthquake lie inside a gymnasium in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Strong aftershocks rattled residents and rescue crews alike Friday as hopes began to dim that firefighters would find any more survivors from Italy's earthquake. The first funerals were scheduled for some of the victims, with the government declaring a day of national mourning and a state funeral scheduled for Saturday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Coffins of some of the victims of Wednesday's earthquake lie inside a gymnasium in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Strong aftershocks rattled residents and rescue crews alike Friday as hopes began to dim that firefighters would find any more survivors from Italy's earthquake. The first funerals were scheduled for some of the victims, with the government declaring a day of national mourning and a state funeral scheduled for Saturday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Coffins of some of the victims of Wednesday's earthquake lie inside a gymnasium in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Strong aftershocks rattled residents and rescue crews alike Friday as hopes began to dim that firefighters would find any more survivors from Italy's earthquake. The first funerals were scheduled for some of the victims, with the government declaring a day of national mourning and a state funeral scheduled for Saturday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman touches a coffin of one of the victims of Wednesday's earthquake, inside a gymnasium in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Strong aftershocks rattled residents and rescue crews alike Friday as hopes began to dim that firefighters would find any more survivors from Italy's earthquake. The first funerals were scheduled for some of the victims, with the government declaring a day of national mourning and a state funeral scheduled for Saturday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    A woman touches a coffin of one of the victims of Wednesday's earthquake, inside a gymnasium in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Strong aftershocks rattled residents and rescue crews alike Friday as hopes began to dim that firefighters would find any more survivors from Italy's earthquake. The first funerals were scheduled for some of the victims, with the government declaring a day of national mourning and a state funeral scheduled for Saturday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

Residents of Italian towns devastated by an earthquake were rattled by a series of aftershocks overnight, the strongest measuring 4.2, as Italy began a day of national mourning.

The national mourning includes a state funeral for some of the victims in Ascoli Piceno to be attended by Premier Matteo Renzi and President Sergio Mattarella. Ahead the funeral, caskets were lined up in a gym where mourners have been bidding farewell to loved ones, kneeling, crying and placing their hands on flower-covered caskets.

The quake that struck before dawn on Wednesday took the lives of at least 281 people while 387 have been hospitalized for injuries.

Saturday's early morning aftershock had a magnitude of 4.2, according to the Geological Service, while the Italian geophysics institute measured it at 4.