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Gunmen kill Shia Muslim leader in Pakistani city of Karachi
« Reply #320 on: December 03, 2013, 07:53:46 AM »
Gunmen kill Shia Muslim leader in Pakistani city of Karachi

Tue Dec 3, 2013 4:23PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/12/03/338050/pakistani-shia-leader-killed-in-karachi/


Mourners gather around the bodies of Allama Deedar Ali Jalbani and his guard at a hospital mortuary in Karachi on Dec 3, 2013.

Armed men have killed a Shia Muslim leader and his security guard in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, security sources say.

Police say violence broke out in the port city of Karachi when gunmen shot dead the deputy secretary general of a religious-political party called Majlis Wahdat-e Muslimeen Pakistan and his guard.

“Gunmen riding a motorbike opened fire on the vehicle of deputy secretary general of Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM), Allama Deedar Ali Jalbani, killing him and his guard,” media outlets quoted a senior local police official as saying.

Security sources said the attackers managed to flee the scene before policemen cordoned off the area.

No group or person has yet claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, but pro-Taliban militant groups have been blamed for such attacks in the past.

Following the massacre, protesters took to the streets across Pakistan to denounce the ongoing violence against Shia Muslims.

Attacks on Pakistan's Shias, who make up about a third of the country’s population, have increased in recent years.

Several Shia religious gatherings have been targeted in different parts of the country over the past few months.

Most of the attacks are the work of extremists, many of whom affiliated with banned groups like pro-Taliban militants and terrorist Takfiri group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

The killing of Shias has caused an international outrage, with rights groups and regional countries expressing concern over the ongoing deadly violence.

Human Rights Watch says hundreds of Shias were killed in Pakistan in 2012, which was the deadliest year on record for the Shia Muslim community.

Shia Muslims in Pakistan say the government must take decisive action against the forces involved in the targeted killings. They also accuse Islamabad of failing to provide security for the Muslim community.

The country’s Shia leaders have called on the government to form a judicial commission to investigate the bloodshed.
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1 Killed, 22 Injured in Southwest Pakistan's Blasts
« Reply #321 on: December 06, 2013, 08:26:21 AM »
1 Killed, 22 Injured in Southwest Pakistan's Blasts

Fri Dec 06, 2013 3:53
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920915000195



TEHRAN (FNA)- At least one man was killed and 22 others were injured in two separate blasts that went off in Pakistan's Southwest Chaman district, local media reported.

Urdu TV channel Dunya said on Thursday night that the first blast took place in a market area located at Trench road area of Chaman, a main district in the country's Southwest Balochistan province, leaving one man killed and 17 others injured.

Abdul Wahab, a senior police official said that the bomb was detonated by a remote controlled device and explosive materials were fixed in a motorbike parked in the market.

The injured people were shifted to civil hospital Chaman where at least two of them were in critical condition.

Several shops were destroyed in the blast.

Police cordoned off the area and kicked off investigations.

Minutes after the first blast, a second and relatively low intensity blast hit the same area.

Police said that the bomb went off when bomb disposal squad was diffusing a roadside planted bomb.

At least five policemen were injured in the second blast.

No group claimed responsibility for any of the blast yet.
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Gunmen Kill 2 Pakistan Policemen Protecting Polio Workers
« Reply #322 on: December 13, 2013, 04:29:05 PM »
Gunmen Kill 2 Pakistan Policemen Protecting Polio Workers

Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:42
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920922000404



TEHRAN (FNA)- Gunmen killed two police officers assigned to protect a team of polio workers in northwest Pakistan.

The two officers were attacked on Friday as they headed to the town of Swabi, 100km northeast of Peshawar, on a motorcycle to protect the polio workers, AP reported.

No group claimed responsibility, but more than a dozen polio workers and police protecting them have been killed by militants over the past year.
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Gunmen Kill Anti-Polio Health Worker in Pakistan
« Reply #323 on: December 28, 2013, 10:26:38 AM »
Gunmen Kill Anti-Polio Health Worker in Pakistan

Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:40
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921007000901



TEHRAN (FNA)- Pakistani police said gunmen attacked an anti-polio vaccination center in the country's Northwest and killed a medic on duty, then fled the scene.

Police official Raheem Khan said another technician was also wounded in Saturday's attack on the outskirts of Peshawar, the capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, AP reported.

The health facility is run by the party of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and authorities are using it to vaccinate children against polio.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but militants have killed several polio workers and police protecting them in recent months.

Pakistan is one of only three countries where the polio virus is still endemic. Militants oppose vaccination against polio and consider such campaigns a cover for spying. They also claim the vaccine is intended to make Muslim boys sterile.

RW - The implication being that if you are not for so-called anti-polio vaccines (they do the opposite actually) then we are to assume that those who don't think highly of vaccines are pro-polio?
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Police Foil Bomb Plot near Musharraf's Farmhouse Route Again
« Reply #324 on: December 30, 2013, 08:57:32 AM »
Police Foil Bomb Plot near Musharraf's Farmhouse Route Again

Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:32
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921009001110



TEHRAN (FNA)- Police on Monday recovered four packets of explosive materials near the farmhouse of former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf.

The explosives were recovered from the green belt on Park Road, attached to an electricity pole, DawnNews reported.

Each packet contained one kilogram of explosive materials.

Police personnel recovered the packets and immediately summoned the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) team personnel.

BDS personnel defused the explosives and shifted them to Bani Gala police station. Bomb disposal sources said that a probe into the home-made explosives was underway.

Earlier on Dec 24, police had discovered five kilograms of explosive materials, weapons and ammunition close to the route that Musharraf was due to take from his house to the court.

Meanwhile, earlier this year in April, 45 kilograms of explosives had been discovered in a car abandoned near Musharraf’s farmhouse when he was being taken back there after his appearance in an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi.

Musharraf files petition in IHC seeking presidential immunity

Former president Musharraf filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) today seeking presidential immunity from court appearances.

Akhtar Shah, belonging to the Pakistan Social Justice Party, filed the application in IHC. Being the former president of the country, Musharraf enjoyed immunity from appearing in courts under Article 248 of the Constitution, according to the application.

It added that Musharraf had remained the Chief Executive, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and president of the country therefore he should be granted immunity from court appearances.
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Bomb attack kills 3 Shia pilgrims in SW Pakistan
« Reply #325 on: January 01, 2014, 10:35:58 AM »
Bomb attack kills 3 Shia pilgrims in SW Pakistan

Wed Jan 1, 2014 5:8PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/01/343205/bomb-attack-kills-7-shias-in-pakistan/



A bomb attack has targeted a bus carrying Shia Muslim pilgrims in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least three and wounding over thirty others including several security officers.

The pilgrims were on their way back home from Iran, when a parked explosive-laden car in southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta blew up as the bus passed by it.

The death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured are reported to be in critical condition.

Every year millions of Muslims pilgrims flock to the holy shrines in the Iranian cities of Mashhad and Qom.

Pro-Taliban groups have launched a violent campaign against Shia Muslims and appear to have widened their terror campaign in major Pakistani cities.

Several Shia religious gatherings have been targeted in different parts of the country over the past few months.

Meanwhile, Taliban-linked militants in the towns of Parachinar and Hangu and other areas in the Kurram tribal region have killed hundreds of Shia community members in recent years

Shia Muslims in Pakistan say the government must take decisive action against the forces involved in the targeted killings. They also accuse Islamabad of failing to provide security for the Muslim community.

The killing of Shias has caused an international outrage, with rights groups and regional countries expressing concern over the ongoing deadly violence.

Shias make up about a third of Pakistan’s population of over 180 million.
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3 Afghan Refugees Dead in Pakistan's Blast
« Reply #326 on: January 02, 2014, 08:13:25 PM »
3 Afghan Refugees Dead in Pakistan's Blast

Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:8
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921012000085



TEHRAN (FNA)- At least three Afghans were killed in an explosion in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's Northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a media report said.

The remote-controlled bomb ripped through a rickshaw the Afghans were traveling in on Tuesday night, Dawn quoted a local police officer as saying.

Yasin Khan, the official in charge of the Badaber police station, said the explosives were being taken to the Pando Chowk area of the city.

He added that the dead were refugees and the six injured were both Pakistani and Afghan nationals.

Zahid Khan, an official of the bomb disposal squad, reckoned up to eight kilograms of explosives were used in the blast. The casualties were evacuated to Lady Reading Hospital.
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Gunmen Kill 3 Shiite Muslims, Injure 4 in Pakistan's Karachi
« Reply #327 on: January 04, 2014, 12:33:16 PM »
Gunmen Kill 3 Shiite Muslims, Injure 4 in Pakistan's Karachi

Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:9
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921014001419



TEHRAN (FNA)- Gunmen killed at least three Shiite Muslims and injured four others in an attack in the Southern Pakistani port city of Karachi.

Assailants on motorbikes opened fire on a juice shop in a commercial area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal district of the metropolis on Saturday, press tv reported.

Local media say two of the wounded are in critical condition.

The bloodshed comes a few days after another deadly attack on Shiite pilgrims in the Southwestern city of Quetta.

Several people were killed and over thirty others wounded when an explosion hit the bus on the outskirts of the city near the border with Iran on Wednesday. The passengers were on their way back home from Iran.

On Friday, large crowds of demonstrators held a series of massive protest rallies to condemn attacks on Shiite Muslims.

The protesters also expressed their "categorical rejection of hate speech and incitement to violence" against the Shiite Muslims.

They blamed the foreign-funded Takfiri elements and pro-Taliban groups for the violence saying that the government must take decisive action against them.

Pro-Taliban groups have launched a violent campaign against Shiite Muslims and appear to have widened their terror campaign in major Pakistani cities.

Several Shiite religious gatherings have been targeted in different parts of the country over the past few months.

Shiite Muslims in Pakistan say the government must take decisive action against the forces involved in the targeted killings. They also accuse Islamabad of failing to provide security for the Muslim community.

Shiites make up about a third of Pakistan’s population of over 180 million.
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Violence claims 11 lives in Pakistani metropolis
« Reply #328 on: January 04, 2014, 08:28:49 PM »
Violence claims 11 lives in Pakistani metropolis

Sun Jan 5, 2014 2:16AM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/05/343759/violence-claims-11-lives-in-karachi/

At least eleven people have been killed in the latest outbreak of violence in Pakistan’s commercial center, Karachi.

Police said unidentified assailants opened fire in two areas on Saturday, killing at least five people, including two seminary students.

Six more people were killed in other violent incidents in other parts of the metropolis on the same day.

Tension has gripped the entire city since the recent incidents of targeted killings started.

There are also reports of demonstrations, with protesters blocking traffic in several areas.

Karachi has been the scene of some of the deadliest sectarian violence in recent months.

Meanwhile, the city's law enforcement agency says it has found evidence indicating that a certain political party was involved in the latest killings. Without naming any group, it said the violence is a conspiracy to undermine the efforts to establish peace in Karachi.

Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since the US-led war in neighboring Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001.

Since 2001, not only hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees have moved to Karachi but millions of Pakistani residents of tribal areas bordering Afghanistan have also taken refuge in the city. All this has escalated ethnic and sectarian violence in Karachi.   
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Deadly Blasts in Northwest Pakistan
« Reply #329 on: January 06, 2014, 08:22:44 PM »
Deadly Blasts in Northwest Pakistan

Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:5
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921016001203



TEHRAN (FNA)- Two blasts hit Northwest Pakistan, killing at least 11 people including a teenage boy.

The first incident took place on Monday, when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a government school in the Shiite-dominated Ibrahimzai area of Hangu district, AFP reported.

It has not yet been claimed by any group, but the Taliban has targeted hundreds of schools in recent years as part of a campaign against secular education in the Northwest.

A local intelligence official confirmed the incident.

Hangu borders Orakzai tribal region, one of Pakistan's seven tribal districts on the Afghan border considered to be the hub of Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked fighters.

The district also has a history of sectarian violence and was declared a "sensitive region" during the month of Moharram, considered especially holy by Shiite Muslims.

In a separate incident, also on Monday, at least 10 people at least were killed and another nine wounded in an explosion at the home of a tribal leader.

The blast happened in in a remote village in Khyber tribal district, close to the Afghan border in Tirah Valley, which last year saw clashes between the Pakistani military and Taliban fighters.

Pakistan is rife with sectarian violence, with Sunni groups linked to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban often attacking gatherings by Shiite Muslims, who constitute some 20 percent of the country's population.
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Attack on Aide of Pakistani Prime Minister Kills 5
« Reply #330 on: January 12, 2014, 08:10:30 AM »
Attack on Aide of Pakistani Prime Minister Kills 5

Sun Jan 12, 2014 3:12
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921022001045



TEHRAN (FNA)- A bomb exploded in the Shangla area near the convoy of Amir Muqam, a cabinet aide and former parliamentarian, said Deputy Inspector General Abdullah Khan.

Muqam escaped unhurt, but the blast killed two police and his three private guards, Khan said, AP reported.

Shangla is part of the scenic Swat valley that local Taliban militants captured before an army offensive drove them out in 2009.

Swat Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah escaped to neighboring Afghanistan. He was selected to lead the Pakistani Taliban after a suspected US missile strike killed his predecessor in late 2013.

The militants have killed thousands of Pakistani civilians, security forces and government officials in a campaign of bombings, suicide and gun attacks they hope will bring down the state and allow them to impose their own extreme interpretation of Wahhabi Islam's law.

After attending a local tribal meeting, Muqam was headed back to Mingora, the capital of Swat valley, when two bombs exploded near his convoy, said Khan, the police officer.

He said it was not clear whether both or one of them were suicide attacks.

Muqam told local Geo News TV that it was the sixth such attack against him in recent years. He didn't name the militants directly but said that "the terrorists" wouldn't win. "Such attacks can't stop me from siding with the truth."

The ruling party of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had been favoring peace negotiations with the militants since he assumed office in mid-2013. The Taliban had agreed to talks under strict preconditions but rejected them after a US missile strike killed Fazlullah's predecessor, Hakimullah Mehsud.

Since Fazlullah took over as Pakistani Taliban chief, there has been a comparative lull in militant attacks. The most recent one was on Jan 9, when a suicide car bomber in Karachi killed the head of the Southern city's anti-terrorism police unit, known for hunting down militants.
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Nine people killed in Peshawar bomb explosion
« Reply #331 on: January 16, 2014, 09:51:51 AM »
Nine people killed in Peshawar bomb explosion

Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:52PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/16/345995/bomb-blast-kills-nine-in-nw-pakistan/



At least nine people have been killed and more than 50 others injured in a bomb explosion that hit an Islamic center in northwestern Pakistan.

The bomb detonated at a center run by the Tablighi Jamaat group near the military quarter of Peshawar, the capital of the troubled province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Provincial health minister, Shoukat Yousufzai, announced the number of casualties, saying it could be on a rise as several of the injured were in critical conditions.

Hospital officials said there was an eight-year-old child among the killed.

Head of the provincial bomb disposal unit, Shafqat Malik, said around five kilograms of explosive material was used in the bomb, which was detonated on a timer.

A local police official said the blast occurred when some 800 people were offering evening prayers.

Pakistan’s security forces as well as civilians have been targeted by numerous attacks by pro-Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked militants since 2001, when Islamabad entered an alliance with Washington in the so-called war on terror.

Peshawar and several other northwestern towns have experienced a fresh spate of violence and militancy over the past few months.

Sweeping militancy has claimed the lives of thousands of Pakistanis while thousands more have been displaced by the conflict in the country’s northwest.
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Bomb Blast Kills 20 Soldiers in Pakistan
« Reply #332 on: January 19, 2014, 08:57:36 AM »
Bomb Blast Kills 20 Soldiers in Pakistan

Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:36
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921029000070



TEHRAN (FNA)- A bomb explosion struck a military convoy in Pakistan’s Northwest, killing 20 soldiers and injuring a further 30.

Security forces are now investigating whether the explosion was a suicide attack or a planted incendiary device, RT reported.

The blast went off as the convoy of troops was preparing to leave the town of Bannu for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
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Bomb attack kills 4, injures 15 in Pakistan
« Reply #333 on: January 19, 2014, 08:05:47 PM »
Bomb attack kills 4, injures 15 in Pakistan

Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:41AM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/20/346626/bomb-attack-kills-4-in-pakistan/



Pakistani soldiers cordon off a street leading to the site of a bomb attack on a security convoy in the city of Bannu, January 19, 2014.

At least four people have been killed in a bomb explosion near the Pakistani army headquarters in the city of Rawalpindi, police say.

Police officials said on Monday that a bomber carried out the attack in a crowded market in the garrison city that also left 15 people wounded.

The attack comes a day after a bomb attack killed 20 Pakistani soldiers in the city of Bannu in North Waziristan.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing in Bannu.

Taliban militants in Pakistan have threatened a new wave of attacks against the government after naming their new chief.

Mullah Fazlullah, the new chief of the Pakistani Taliban, is known for his fierce rejection of talks with Islamabad. The militant group has also said that it will target army and government installations in the Punjab Province.

Thousands of people have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks in Pakistan since 2001, when Islamabad entered an alliance with Washington in the so-called war on terror.

The Pakistani government has said that it will use military action as a last resort to address the issues of extremism and militancy in the country.
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Pakistan Army Hits Militant Hideouts in North Waziristan
« Reply #334 on: January 21, 2014, 11:48:55 AM »
Pakistan Army Hits Militant Hideouts in North Waziristan

Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:55
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921101000558



TEHRAN (FNA)- The Pakistan army reportedly attacked several suspected militant hideouts in MirAli area of the North Waziristan tribal region.

The operation, which began late on Monday, was carried out in the villages of Hamzoni, Harmaz, Moski, Mohammad Khel village of Data Khel Tehsil, and Shera Tala area, press tv reported.

Two dozen people were killed and 15 others were wounded in the strike.

Pakistani military sources said fighter jets were only targeting militant hideouts and the victims were all militants. Taliban militants, however, claimed that civilians were among the dead. The militant group also put the death toll at 27.

The overnight blitz made local residents to flee the volatile area for safer places.

Reports also indicated that the wounded could not be transferred to hospitals for medical treatment, following a curfew imposed across the area.

The Pakistani army has yet to comment on the strike, with one military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said had "not been planned before, and Pakistan Air Force jets were called to hit hideouts of the militants involved in attacks on security forces".

The Pakistani military operation comes as a recent wave of deadly militant attacks across the country has killed several people, mostly Shiite Muslims.

On Monday, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to use an all-out military action as a last resort to address the issue of extremism and militancy in the country.

Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001 when Pakistan entered an alliance with the US on the so-called war on terror.
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« Reply #335 on: January 22, 2014, 07:57:54 AM »
28 Killed in Suicide Attack on Pilgrims' Bus in SW Pakistan

Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:33
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921102000507



TEHRAN (FNA)- At least 28 people were killed and 45 others injured when a suicide bomber hit a bus carrying Shiite Muslim pilgrims in Pakistan's Southwest province of Balochistan on Tuesday, local media reported.

Aaj TV said that a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into the pilgrims' bus in Dareen Ghar area of Mastung, a district in the province, Xinhua reported.

Shafqat Anwar, Assistant Commissioner of Mastung, said that the targeted bus was carrying over 50 pilgrims who were on their way back from Iran's Taftan city to the provincial capital Quetta.

He added that the bus caught fire following the blast causing heavy casualties.

The injured people including eight women were shifted to combined military hospital for treatment.

Shiite councils across the country condemned the blast and announced a three-day mourning. They also asked government to provide foolproof security to the pilgrims and Shiite community.

Talking to media after the blast, Asad ur Rehman Gilani, Home Secretary of Balochistan, said that the provincial government has always provided security to the pilgrims' buses in a bid to curb attacks on Shiite pilgrims.

He said that on Tuesday security vehicles were escorting two buses carrying pilgrims when one of the buses was hit by a suicide bomber.

Asad said that several security personnel were injured in the blast and two security vehicles were destroyed.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Leaders of the country's major political parties, and both Prime Minister and President condemned the blast.

Prime Mistier Nawaz Sharif lamented over the loss of precious lives and directed hospital administration to provide best possible medical facilities to the sufferers of the blast.
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At Least 7 Killed as Bomb Hits Pakistan Police Patrol
« Reply #336 on: January 22, 2014, 08:21:53 AM »
At Least 7 Killed as Bomb Hits Pakistan Police Patrol

Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:17
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921102000909



TEHRAN (FNA)- At least seven people, including one child, have been killed and 11 others injured after a bomb exploded near a police van which was used to provide security for a polio vaccination drive, officials said.

The explosion occurred in Charsadda district in the Northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, RT reported.

The 4-5kg bomb was planted on a bicycle, said senior police official.
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