North West MEP Sajjad Karim safe after fleeing Mumbai gunmen

North West MEP Sajjad Karim safe after fleeing Mumbai gunmen

The Taj Mahal Palace where MEP Sajjad Karim was staying

Sajjad Karim

First published in Blackburn Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

A North West Euro-MP who was forced to flee gunmen who stormed his Mumbai hotel last night is safe and well, his family said this morning.

Conservative MEP Sajjad Karim this morning said security forces fought gunmen “floor by floor and room by room” in an attempt to gain control of the Taj Mahal hotel.

This morning the family of Mr Karim, who was born in Blackburn, lives in Simonstone in the Ribble Valley and grew up in Pendle, said they had heard he is now safe.

Mr Karim said this morning: “I left the Taj at 5am this morning and was taken to a secure place.

”The situation in the city is still ongoing but certainly at the Taj I think it is is over.”

Mr Karim added: “I was in a room that was completely sealed off but I could hear what was going on.

"(The Indian security forces) fought them floor by floor, and room by room.”

Commenting on the situation now, the MEP said: “It is very, very quiet.”

Last night, Mr Karim gave a dramatic mobile phone interview at around 6.30pm saying he was hiding in the dark of the basement.

Mr Karim said: “I was in the lobby of the hotel when gunmen came in and people started running.

"There were about 25 or 30 of us. There was a lot of commotion.

“Some of us split one way and some another. A gunman just stood there spraying bullets around, right next to me.

“I managed to turn away and I ran into the hotel kitchen and then we were shunted into a restaurant in the basement.

"We are now in the dark in this room and we’ve barricaded all the doors. It’s really bad.”

Mr Karim is part of a delegation of Euro MPs visiting Mumbai ahead of the forthcoming EU-India summit.

He said that as he ran from the lobby, he saw people falling but did not know the extent of any casualties. He said it seemed to be a “random attack”.

The attack was one of at least seven co-ordinated around the city at luxury hotels, a station and a tourist restaurant.

The gunmen attacked the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station in southern Mumbai and Leopold’s restaurant, a Mumbai landmark, along with the Oberoi and Taj Mahal hotels.

There were unconfirmed reports of an explosion near the city’s domestic airport.

Eye-witnesses caught up in the chaos said that gunmen were looking for Britons and Americans.

Indian television reports also claimed that the country’s anti-terrorism chief, Hemant Karkare, had been killed in the attacks.

India media organisations were reporting that they had received emails from an unknown group, the Deccan Mujahideen, claiming responsibility for the attacks.

According to officers, police had killed four suspects and arrested nine more.

Alex Chamberlain, who works for a sports website and was in the city on business, told Sky News the gunmen burst into the Oberoi hotel’s restaurant and herded diners upstairs.

“They told everybody to stop and put their hands up and asked if there were any British or Americans.

"My friend said to me ‘don’t be a hero, don’t say you are British’.

”I am sure that is what this is all about. They were talking about British and Americans specifically.”

A senior police officer said police were fighting the gunmen.

He said: “The terrorists have used automatic weapons and in some places grenades have been lobbed.

“The encounters are still going on and we are trying to overpower them.”

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said he could not give any indication of the number of Britons involved in the incident and could not comment on reports that British people were being targeted.

India’s Home Minister, Shivraj Patil, said: “They have attacked the hospital, they have attacked the railway station, so it seems there has been a conspiracy.

Before the attack last night, the Foreign Office had warned travellers there was a “high threat” of terrorism throughout India.

Attacks have targeted places of worship and major festivals such as Diwali as well as areas popular with expatriates and foreign travellers.

Mumbai, known as the financial capital of India, has been among the major cities targeted in violence across the country in recent years.

On July 11, 2006 there was a series of explosions on commuter trains in western Mumbai, leaving more than 180 people dead and hundreds injured.

Sajjad Karim factfile

Sajjad Karim has been an MEP since 2004.

He was voted in as a Liberal Democrat MEP but caused controversy when he defected to the Conservative Party earlier this year.

Mr Karim was born in Blackburn and grew up in Brierfield, where his family still live.

He went to Mansfield High School and Nelson and Colne College, before studying law at university.

He qualified as a solicitor in 1997 after completing his training in Burnley and Pendle.

He runs Manchester-based Sajjad Karim Solicitors.

Mr Karim was elected to Pendle Council at the age of 24, standing for two terms as a Liberal Democrat for Brierfield before stepping down in 2002.

Two years later he was the first British Muslim to become an MEP.

Mr Karim holds a number of posts, including co-chair of the European Muslim Forum, a member for the Delegation for Relations with the Gulf States, chair of the European Parliament Friends of Pakistan Group, vice-chair of the Friends of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Group and vice-chairman of the Local Government Association UK.

He is married to Zahida and the couple live in Simonstone.

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10:42pm Wed 26 Nov 08

soap opera says...

is he out there on another freebe at taxpayers expence
is he out there on another freebe at taxpayers expence soap opera
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10:23am Thu 27 Nov 08

Ian_G says...

We hear again and again of terrorism conducted by the followers of Islam. Why is it that almost every terror attack that we hear about involve Muslims?

Why that particular religion and not others? We rarely hear about Hindu extremists, Sikh extremists or Buddhist extremists. What, in particular motivates a minority of this particular faith to think that murdering innocent people is justified or acceptable?

I may be naive on such issues but I thought religion was supposed to be a force for good, not a cause for violence and utter evil?
We hear again and again of terrorism conducted by the followers of Islam. Why is it that almost every terror attack that we hear about involve Muslims? Why that particular religion and not others? We rarely hear about Hindu extremists, Sikh extremists or Buddhist extremists. What, in particular motivates a minority of this particular faith to think that murdering innocent people is justified or acceptable? I may be naive on such issues but I thought religion was supposed to be a force for good, not a cause for violence and utter evil? Ian_G
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1:49pm Thu 27 Nov 08

Mother says...

It does not say in this article that it involoves Muslims. It is people like you, Ian that just assume that all terrorist are Muslims. Media propaganda doesn't help either!
It does not say in this article that it involoves Muslims. It is people like you, Ian that just assume that all terrorist are Muslims. Media propaganda doesn't help either! Mother
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2:06pm Thu 27 Nov 08

Lanc's Lad says...


Ian_G

I as a Muslim condemn these attacks on people just getting on with life.

These people kill people from all and no faiths, I am just as stumped as most people as to why these people carry out these kind of atrocities without any remorse whatsoever.
Ian_G I as a Muslim condemn these attacks on people just getting on with life. These people kill people from all and no faiths, I am just as stumped as most people as to why these people carry out these kind of atrocities without any remorse whatsoever. Lanc's Lad
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3:56pm Thu 27 Nov 08

Chubbster says...

Mother wrote:
It does not say in this article that it involoves Muslims. It is people like you, Ian that just assume that all terrorist are Muslims. Media propaganda doesn't help either!
All the terrorist attacks over the last few years have been carried out by Muslims, so it look like all terrorists are Muslim or am I missing something here? The only propaganda I hear is the from the government telling us that Islam is a peaceful religion.
[quote][p][bold]Mother[/bold] wrote: It does not say in this article that it involoves Muslims. It is people like you, Ian that just assume that all terrorist are Muslims. Media propaganda doesn't help either![/p][/quote]All the terrorist attacks over the last few years have been carried out by Muslims, so it look like all terrorists are Muslim or am I missing something here? The only propaganda I hear is the from the government telling us that Islam is a peaceful religion. Chubbster
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4:25pm Thu 27 Nov 08

A Game of Blue & White Halves says...

Sajjad Karim is a Muslim - (of Pakistani descent) and he was nearly killed.

India has a population of 1 billion - approx 20% are Muslims.

I wonder how many of those killed and injured share the religion of these maniacs on the loose.

The worse fear for the Muslims in India will be of reprisal attacks on one and all.
Sajjad Karim is a Muslim - (of Pakistani descent) and he was nearly killed. India has a population of 1 billion - approx 20% are Muslims. I wonder how many of those killed and injured share the religion of these maniacs on the loose. The worse fear for the Muslims in India will be of reprisal attacks on one and all. A Game of Blue & White Halves
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5:33pm Thu 27 Nov 08

Muslim says...

Whosoever kills a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. (Quran 5:32)


Allah/God does not forbid you respecting those who have not made war against you on account of (your) religion, and have not driven you forth from your homes, that you show them kindness and deal with them justly; surely Allah loves the doers of justice.

(Quran 60:8)


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Whosoever kills a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. (Quran 5:32) Allah/God does not forbid you respecting those who have not made war against you on account of (your) religion, and have not driven you forth from your homes, that you show them kindness and deal with them justly; surely Allah loves the doers of justice. (Quran 60:8) IslamReligion dot com Muslim
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8:58pm Thu 27 Nov 08

RAyzer says...

why is he out there??hes surely needed here if hes a m.p???another JOLLY!!!
why is he out there??hes surely needed here if hes a m.p???another JOLLY!!! RAyzer
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8:59pm Thu 27 Nov 08

RAyzer says...

and it wasnt a cheap B AND B was it??best hotel in india!!!credit crunch!!!not for m.ps
and it wasnt a cheap B AND B was it??best hotel in india!!!credit crunch!!!not for m.ps RAyzer
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8:52am Fri 28 Nov 08

Mother says...

Maybe you should listen to the actual muslims and reasearch yourself about how peacefull Islam is. These people carrying out these attacks are not muslims this is all propaganda. How do you find out about a terrorist attack? the news. How do you know they are telling the truth? You don't! How many times have newspapers been sued for telling lies about celebrities? Even the American people themself say Sept 11th could have been carried out by its own government.
Maybe you should listen to the actual muslims and reasearch yourself about how peacefull Islam is. These people carrying out these attacks are not muslims this is all propaganda. How do you find out about a terrorist attack? the news. How do you know they are telling the truth? You don't! How many times have newspapers been sued for telling lies about celebrities? Even the American people themself say Sept 11th could have been carried out by its own government. Mother
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4:47pm Fri 28 Nov 08

akon says...

world war 3 coming up
world war 3 coming up akon
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7:04pm Fri 28 Nov 08

JOHN KENYON says...

1 in 4 muslims in this country support the killing of our troops in AFGHANISTAN and IRAQ.PEACE LOVING RELIGION OH YEAH.WHAT WAS ALL THAT ABOUT IN INDIA THEN.LOOKED FAR FROM PEACE TO ME.
1 in 4 muslims in this country support the killing of our troops in AFGHANISTAN and IRAQ.PEACE LOVING RELIGION OH YEAH.WHAT WAS ALL THAT ABOUT IN INDIA THEN.LOOKED FAR FROM PEACE TO ME. JOHN KENYON
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8:39am Sun 30 Nov 08

sofia says...

I really dont think you can trust what the India goverment say or do! you must have heard of Scarlet Keeling's case, the police denied she was murdered and her organs were taken by the hospital!
I really dont think you can trust what the India goverment say or do! you must have heard of Scarlet Keeling's case, the police denied she was murdered and her organs were taken by the hospital! sofia
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4:12pm Sun 30 Nov 08

akon says...

Who is going to hit the Nuke button first ?
India or Pakistan ?
Who is going to hit the Nuke button first ? India or Pakistan ? akon
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7:08pm Sat 6 Dec 08

Jugga_7 says...

the fingers are always getting pointed at pakistan for some daft reason all you pudhoz fink itz pakistan ! itz all america doing this just to find an excuse to invade afghanistan (in progress) iraq (in progress) pakistan ( in progress cuz they keep bombing waziristan) and now india they just trying 2 find a way to get in india to help um against terrorist. Terrorist dont exist people itz all america behind this learn the facts bwt 9/11 emergency number in america 911 is it ? yeah it is !!! and wer da twin towers making money before they got pulled STRAIGHT DOWN CONTROLLED DEMOLITION check this link out its a track made by a true person !!!!

http://www.youtube.c
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the fingers are always getting pointed at pakistan for some daft reason all you pudhoz fink itz pakistan ! itz all america doing this just to find an excuse to invade afghanistan (in progress) iraq (in progress) pakistan ( in progress cuz they keep bombing waziristan) and now india they just trying 2 find a way to get in india to help um against terrorist. Terrorist dont exist people itz all america behind this learn the facts bwt 9/11 emergency number in america 911 is it ? yeah it is !!! and wer da twin towers making money before they got pulled STRAIGHT DOWN CONTROLLED DEMOLITION check this link out its a track made by a true person !!!! http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=3u3JSEqNt lg&feature=related http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=tD5WlQ54S g0&feature=related Jugga_7
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7:17pm Sat 6 Dec 08

Jugga_7 says...

Mother wrote:
Maybe you should listen to the actual muslims and reasearch yourself about how peacefull Islam is. These people carrying out these attacks are not muslims this is all propaganda. How do you find out about a terrorist attack? the news. How do you know they are telling the truth? You don't! How many times have newspapers been sued for telling lies about celebrities? Even the American people themself say Sept 11th could have been carried out by its own government.
auntie i agree with you all da way !!!!! full facts controlled by bush finding excuses to get in over seas countrys etc.... listen to this track may make sense to the rest of the idiots who are blaming muslims



http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=3u3JSEqNt
lg&feature=related
[quote][p][bold]Mother[/bold] wrote: Maybe you should listen to the actual muslims and reasearch yourself about how peacefull Islam is. These people carrying out these attacks are not muslims this is all propaganda. How do you find out about a terrorist attack? the news. How do you know they are telling the truth? You don't! How many times have newspapers been sued for telling lies about celebrities? Even the American people themself say Sept 11th could have been carried out by its own government.[/p][/quote]auntie i agree with you all da way !!!!! full facts controlled by bush finding excuses to get in over seas countrys etc.... listen to this track may make sense to the rest of the idiots who are blaming muslims http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=3u3JSEqNt lg&feature=related Jugga_7
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7:22pm Sat 6 Dec 08

Jugga_7 says...


JUST INCASE YOU THINK THE LINKS A VIRUS I GOT THE LYRICS HERE FOR THE LINK

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Artist: Immortal Technique Lyrics

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Immortal Technique
Revolutionary Volume 2
Yeah, broadcasting live from Harlem, New York
Let the truth be known..


You better watch what the **** flies outta ya mouth
Or I'ma hijack a plane and fly it into your house
Burn your apartment with your family tied to the couch
And slit your throat, so when you scream, only blood comes out
I doubt that there could ever be...a more wicked MC
'Cuz AIDs infested child molesters aren't sicker than me
I see the world for what it is, beyond the white and the black
The way the government downplays historical facts
'Cuz the United States sponsored the rise of the 3rd Reich
Just like the CIA trained terrorists to the fight
Build bombs and sneak box cutters onto a flight
When I was a child, the Devil himself bought me a mic
But I refused the offer, 'cuz God sent me to strike
With skills unused like fallopian tubes on a dyke
My words'll expose George Bush and Bin Laden
As two separate parts of the same seven headed dragon
And you can't fathom the truth, so you don't hear me
You think illuminati's just a **** conspiracy theory?
That's why Conservative racists are all runnin' ****
And your phone is tapped by the Federal Government
So I'm jammin' frequencies in ya brain when you speak to me
Technique will rip a rapper to pieces indecently
Pack weapons illegally, because I'm never hesitant
Sniper scoping a commission controllin the president


Father, forgive them, for they don't know right from wrong
The truth will set you free, written down in this song
And the song has the Cause of Death written in code
The Word of God brought to life, that'll save ya soul..

Save ya soul ****...save ya soul..

Yeah, yeah, yeah


I hacked the Pentagon for self-incriminating evidence
Of Republican manufactured white powder pestilence
Marines Corps. flat (?) vest, with the guns and ammo
Spittin' bars like a demon stuck inside a piano
Turn a Sambo into a soldier with just one line
Now here's the truth about the system that'll **** up your mind
They gave Al Queda 6 billion dollars in 1989 to 1992
And now the last chapters of Revelations are coming true
And I know a lot of people find it hard to swallow this
Because subliminal bigotry makes you hate my politics
But you act like America wouldn't destroy two buildings
In a country that was sponsoring bombs dropped on our children
I was watching the Towers, and though I wasn't the closest
I saw them crumble to the Earth like they was full of explosives
And they thought nobody noticed the news report that they did
About the bombs planted on the George Washington bridge
Four Non-Arabs arrested during the emergency
And then it disappeared from the news permanently
They dubbed a tape of Osama, and they said it was proof
"Jealous of our freedom," I can't believe you bought that excuse
Rockin a **** flag don't make you a hero
Word to Ground Zero
The Devil crept into Heaven, God overslept on the 7th
The New World Order was born on September 11




And just so Conservatives don't take it to heart
I don't think Bush did it, 'cuz he isn't that smart
He's just a stupid puppet taking orders on his cell phone
From the same people that sabotaged Senator Wellstone
The military industry got it poppin' and lockin'
Looking for a way to justify the Wolfowitz Doctrine
And as a matter of fact, Rumsfeld, now that I think back
Without 9/11, you couldn't have a war in Iraq
Or a Defense budget of world conquest proportions
Kill freedom of speech and revoke the right to abortions
Tax cut extortion, a blessing to the wealthy and wicked
But you still have to answer to the Armageddon you scripted
And Dick Cheney, you **** leech, tell them your plans
About building your pipelines through Afghanistan
And how Israeli troops trained the Taliban in Pakistan
You might have some house niggaz fooled, but I understand
Colonialism is sponsored by corporations
That's why Halliburton gets paid to rebuild nations
Tell me the truth, I don't scare into paralysis
I know the CIA saw Bin Laden on dialysis
In '98 when he was Top Ten for the FBI
Government ties is really why the Government lies
Read it yourself instead of asking the Government why
'Cuz then the Cause of Death will cause the propaganda to die..
JUST INCASE YOU THINK THE LINKS A VIRUS I GOT THE LYRICS HERE FOR THE LINK http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=3u3JSEqNt lg Something you should know about Cause of Death Lyrics Title: Immortal Technique - Cause of Death lyrics Artist: Immortal Technique Lyrics Visitors: 12673 visitors have hited Cause of Death Lyrics since May 27, 2008. Send "Cause of Death" Ringtone to Cell [Talking] Immortal Technique Revolutionary Volume 2 Yeah, broadcasting live from Harlem, New York Let the truth be known.. [Verse 1] You better watch what the **** flies outta ya mouth Or I'ma hijack a plane and fly it into your house Burn your apartment with your family tied to the couch And slit your throat, so when you scream, only blood comes out I doubt that there could ever be...a more wicked MC 'Cuz AIDs infested child molesters aren't sicker than me I see the world for what it is, beyond the white and the black The way the government downplays historical facts 'Cuz the United States sponsored the rise of the 3rd Reich Just like the CIA trained terrorists to the fight Build bombs and sneak box cutters onto a flight When I was a child, the Devil himself bought me a mic But I refused the offer, 'cuz God sent me to strike With skills unused like fallopian tubes on a dyke My words'll expose George Bush and Bin Laden As two separate parts of the same seven headed dragon And you can't fathom the truth, so you don't hear me You think illuminati's just a **** conspiracy theory? That's why Conservative racists are all runnin' **** And your phone is tapped by the Federal Government So I'm jammin' frequencies in ya brain when you speak to me Technique will rip a rapper to pieces indecently Pack weapons illegally, because I'm never hesitant Sniper scoping a commission controllin the president [Hook] Father, forgive them, for they don't know right from wrong The truth will set you free, written down in this song And the song has the Cause of Death written in code The Word of God brought to life, that'll save ya soul.. Save ya soul ****...save ya soul.. Yeah, yeah, yeah [Verse 2] I hacked the Pentagon for self-incriminating evidence Of Republican manufactured white powder pestilence Marines Corps. flat (?) vest, with the guns and ammo Spittin' bars like a demon stuck inside a piano Turn a Sambo into a soldier with just one line Now here's the truth about the system that'll **** up your mind They gave Al Queda 6 billion dollars in 1989 to 1992 And now the last chapters of Revelations are coming true And I know a lot of people find it hard to swallow this Because subliminal bigotry makes you hate my politics But you act like America wouldn't destroy two buildings In a country that was sponsoring bombs dropped on our children I was watching the Towers, and though I wasn't the closest I saw them crumble to the Earth like they was full of explosives And they thought nobody noticed the news report that they did About the bombs planted on the George Washington bridge Four Non-Arabs arrested during the emergency And then it disappeared from the news permanently They dubbed a tape of Osama, and they said it was proof "Jealous of our freedom," I can't believe you bought that excuse Rockin a **** flag don't make you a hero Word to Ground Zero The Devil crept into Heaven, God overslept on the 7th The New World Order was born on September 11 [Hook] [Verse 3] And just so Conservatives don't take it to heart I don't think Bush did it, 'cuz he isn't that smart He's just a stupid puppet taking orders on his cell phone From the same people that sabotaged Senator Wellstone The military industry got it poppin' and lockin' Looking for a way to justify the Wolfowitz Doctrine And as a matter of fact, Rumsfeld, now that I think back Without 9/11, you couldn't have a war in Iraq Or a Defense budget of world conquest proportions Kill freedom of speech and revoke the right to abortions Tax cut extortion, a blessing to the wealthy and wicked But you still have to answer to the Armageddon you scripted And Dick Cheney, you **** leech, tell them your plans About building your pipelines through Afghanistan And how Israeli troops trained the Taliban in Pakistan You might have some house niggaz fooled, but I understand Colonialism is sponsored by corporations That's why Halliburton gets paid to rebuild nations Tell me the truth, I don't scare into paralysis I know the CIA saw Bin Laden on dialysis In '98 when he was Top Ten for the FBI Government ties is really why the Government lies Read it yourself instead of asking the Government why 'Cuz then the Cause of Death will cause the propaganda to die.. Jugga_7
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7:26pm Sat 6 Dec 08

Jugga_7 says...

Oh now the police myt just raid my house cuz am a terrorist cuz u no y cuz they are all blaming muslims who no the facts behind ad attacks !!!!
Oh now the police myt just raid my house cuz am a terrorist cuz u no y cuz they are all blaming muslims who no the facts behind ad attacks !!!! Jugga_7
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6:07pm Sun 7 Dec 08

Jugga_7 says...

kanjaraaaa
kanjaraaaa Jugga_7
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