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Mourners attend mass funeral of Pakistan plane crash victims

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 file photo, chairman of Pakistan International Airlines Azam Saigol speaks during a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan. A spokesman for Pakistan International Airlines said Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 that the national carrier's chief has resigned following last week's plane crash that killed all 47 people onboard. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 file photo, chairman of Pakistan International Airlines Azam Saigol speaks during a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan. A spokesman for Pakistan International Airlines said Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 that the national carrier's chief has resigned following last week's plane crash that killed all 47 people onboard. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)  (The Associated Press)

Officials say hundreds of mourners are attending a mass funeral for more than a dozen victims of last week's plane crash at a hospital in Islamabad after DNA tests confirmed their identities.

Cabinet minister Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said doctors handed over the bodies of 13 victims to their relatives on Wednesday. Earlier, TV footage showed a Pakistani Air Force plane transporting the remains of Junaid Jamshed, a popular pop singer-turned-Islamic preacher who was among those killed in the crash, to the port city of Karachi.

Jamshed sang a motivational song dedicated to the air force last year.

He was among 47 people who were killed when the PIA plane went down while traveling from Chitral to Islamabad. The remains of nearly half of the passengers are yet to be identified.