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A wave of terrorist bombings rocked the British capital on Thursday morning. The Underground and city buses have been hit in the attacks and hundreds have been injured. Read the latest, up-to-the-minute developments on SPIEGEL ONLINE's news ticker.
(1:53 p.m.) The Spanish police are aiding the investigations in London following the Thursday morning terror attacks. A number of members of a special unit were already prepared to head to Britain just hours after the attacks. The Spanish are coming at the request of the British and does not necessarily mean that there is a connection between the London attacks and the Madrid attacks in March 2004, a spokesman was careful to point out. The team assisted in the investigations surrounding the attacks in Spain, in which 191 people were killed.
+++ Sweden Preparing a New Anti-Terror Law +++
+++ Nato to Intensify Fight Against Terror +++
(12:52 p.m.) The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has said it will seek to further increase efforts in fighting against worldwide terror. "The events have increased the will of the allies to continue the collective operation against terror," said General Secretary Jaap d Hoop Scheffer following a special meeting of NATO in Brussels. "The tragic events are not a reason for despair, rather a reason to redouble our efforts."
+++ Police Confirm More than 50 Dead +++
(12:13 p.m.) London Police Chief Ian Blair on Friday said that the terror attacks in London have resulted in more than 50 deaths. Seven hundred people were injured.
+++ Ayatollah: Terrorists Have Nothing To Do with Islam +++
(11:52 a.m.) The perpetrators of the attacks in London have, according to the ultra conservative Ayatollah Emami Kashani in Iran, nothing to do with Islam. "These barbarians have neither something to do with Islam nor with humanity," he said during Friday prayers in the Iranian capital of Tehran. The Ayatollah praised British Prime Minister Tony Blair for making a distinction between Islam and radical Islamists.
+++ Liverpool Street Re-opened +++
(11.18 a.m. CET) Liverpool Street Underground Station has been re-opened after a security alert was cancelled, the BBC has reported. A suspicious package turned out to be harmless.
+++ Liverpool Street Underground Station Evacuated +++
(10:37 a.m. CET) The area around Liverpool Street Underground Station has been evacuated, Sky News has reported. The police confirmed that a suspicious package was found in a bar near the Underground station.
+++ Alarm at Euston Station Cancelled +++
(9:52 a.m. CET) The broadcaster "Sky News" has reported, that police have cancelled the security alert at Euston.
+++ Euston Station Evacuated +++
(9:38 a.m. CET) British Transport Police have reported a security alert at Euston Station. The station has been evacuated.
+++ British Home Secretary Warns of New Attacks +++
(9:23 a.m. CET) British Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, warned about further attacks In London. The terrorist could strike again, he said. The police have not ruled out that the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers.
+++ Taliban: Brits Must Pay for the Wickedness of their Government +++
(8:50 a.m. CET) According to a Taliban spokesman, the attacks on London are revenge for the wrongdoing of its government. The radical-Islamic Taliban movement in Afghanistan did not have anything to do with that attacks, said spokesman Abdul Latif Hakimi on Friday by telephone, from an unknown location. "The British people have suffered because of the evil acts of their leaders," he said. The Taliban were neither sad nor happy about the attacks, in which at least 37 people were killed on Thursday, and about 700 injured.
+++ Only a Few People Use the Underground +++
(7:57 a.m. CET) Public transport has begun operating again in London. Relatively few people have been seen using the Underground in Central London this morning.
+++ Seven of Twelve Underground Lines Running Again +++
(6:21 a.m. CET) Seven of the twelve London Underground lines should be running a normal services today, according to Transport for London's website. On three lines, which were affected by yesterday's bombings, trains will only operate a partial service; two lines will remain closed. Transport authorities have urged passengers to be vigilant.
+++ Japan Strengthens Security Measures +++
(5:55 a.m. CET) Japan wants to increase security precautions in the country. Ministers were authorised to increase anti-terrorism measures. This includes a planned reinforcement of immigration controls, the media reported. Japan supports the U.S. in the fight against terrorism and has soldiers stationed in Iraq to assistance the reconstruction.
+++ Number of Deaths climbs to 52 +++
(5:33 a.m. CET) According to statements made by the Australian government, the number of dead has risen to 52. Further deaths are feared, said Australia's Prime Minister, John Howard. In Great Britain, 37 deaths have so far been confirmed.
+++ British Media Speculate about a Suicide Bombing +++
(4:59 a.m. CET) The British media are speculating from eyewitness reports about a possible suicide attack. The daily papers "The Independent", "The Mirror", "Daily Express", "Daily Mail" and "The Sun" cite the Scottish computer scientist Richard Jones, who was on board the double-decker bus yesterday, shortly before the bomb exploded. According to the 61-year old, a nervous-looking "foreign " man caught his attention, who kept looking in his bag.
+++ IOC Meeting Begins with Minute's Silence +++
(4:41 a.m. CET) The 117 members of the International Olympic Committee began a full meeting in Singapore with a minute's silence for the victims of the attacks. The "barbaric act" is confirmation that "security must be a highest priority" of the Olympic Games, said IOC President Jacques Rogge. The committee awarded London 2012 games on Wednesday.
+++ Londoners Should Stay at Home +++
(3:28 a.m. CET) The British police have called on the capital's workers to stay at home today, if possible. Every commuter should consider, whether it is essential to travel to work, in order to prevent traffic chaos in London. The London authorities have announced a strengthened police presence across the city today.
+++ Prince William: "Our Thoughts Are with You" +++
(2:16 a.m. CET) Prince William expressed his deepest sympathies to the families in London. "I was shocked and saddened by the events in London," he said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with you." The Prince is currently on an 11-day visit to New Zealand. He is accompanying the British rugby team, "The Lions". He returns to London on Sunday.
+++ Explosives Possibly Detonated with Timing Devices +++
(1:50 a.m. CET) The explosives used in the London terror attacks could have possibly been donated using timed devices, according to a US expert. The assertion is based on fragments of evidence salvaged from the wreckage, said an anti-terror expert, who did not wish to be named. A spokeswoman for the British government said that there would be no speculation on the possible causes.
+++ Number of Fatalities reaches 38 +++
(1:30 a.m. CET) According to BBC radio, the number of fatalities as a result of the attacks in London has risen from 37 to 38. 30 people died in the attacks on the London Underground and two people in the bus explosion. One victim died later in hospital.
+++ Erdogan condemns the attacks +++
(1:03 a.m. CET) The Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described the terror attacks in London as "an act against mankind and world peace". Terrorism knows no borders, said Erdogan, at a news conference during a visit to San Valley.
+++ Japan Wants to Keep Troops in Iraq+++
(12:06 a.m. CET) Japan's Premier, Junichiro Koizumi, announced at Gleneagles that he has no plans to withdraw Japanese troops from Iraq following the London bombings.
+++ British Muslims Call for Prayers+++
(10:38 p.m. CET) British Muslim leaders have called for prayers for the victims of the bombings. In addition, they promised the police their full support in the hunt for the attackers. "We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow British citizens," said Inayat Bunglawala of the Muslim Council of Britain, which represents some 1.6 million Muslims.
+++ Package in Edinburgh Did Not Contain Bomb+++
(10:48 p.m. CET) The package that triggered a bomb alert in Edinburgh during the early evening did not contain a bomb, a police spokeswoman confirmed.
+++ Iraq Condemns London Attacks+++
(10:38 p.m. CET) Iraq has condemned the attacks in London. President of the Iraqi Parliament Hadschim al-Hassani wrote to the British Prime Minister on behalf of the National Assembly and alluded to the suffering of his land and people under "brutal attacks, which oppose the most basic human values." The Iraqi people condemn such "evil acts".
+++Rapid Resumption of Underground Network from Tomorrow Morning+++
(10:14 p.m. CET) British Transport Minister Alistair Darling has announced a rapid resumption of normal underground services: "From tomorrow morning we expect bus and underground networks to return to a full service, although delays can be expected at times." However, Kings Cross station will remain closed for a number of days.
+++Queen Wants to Visit Survivors+++
(10:13 p.m. CET) British Queen Elizabeth II will visit survivors of the London terror attacks in London tomorrow, according to a palace spokeswoman. The Union Jack was flown at half-mast yesterday.
+++ Blair returns to G8 summit +++
(10:04 p.m.) British Prime Minister Tony Blair has landed in Gleneagles, Scotland, where he is now resuming his participation in the G8 summit. Blair left the meeting earlier on Thursday to visit terror-struck London, where his government held a crisis meeting in a capital that had been put in a state of shock by the attacks.
+++ Rice counting on a determined response +++
(9:13 p.m. CET) Speaking to the BBC, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she is sure that the attacks in London will not scare Great Britain and other countries away from the fight against terror. "I am sure that the determination ... is only growing because it is obvious that one cannot speak rationally with people who kill innocent people," she said.
+++ German Minister of the Interior Otto Schily: Germany "is in the sights of terrorist networks" +++
(9:03 p.m. CET) German Minister of the Interior Otto Schily has called for stronger measures to protect the domestic security of Germany following the attacks in London. Germany too is "in the sights of terrorist networks," Schily said in an appearance on the German television station ARD. "We have to continue our efforts and strengthen them in some areas," he said.
+++ Straw sees indications of al-Qaida involvement +++
(8:56 p.m. CET) According to British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, the deadly attacks that hit London's transportation system this morning have the "hallmarks of an al-Qaida related attack." Straw was speaking at the G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland where he is temporarily chairing the meeting in the absence of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who hurried to London for the day.
+++ France's Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy: Fifty dead in London +++
(8:32 p.m. CET) According to French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, 50 people were killed in the series of explosions that struck London early on Thursday. Speaking to the French television station France 2, and basing his comments on conversations with his British counterpart Charles Clarke, Sarkozy said, "I have spoken with the British interior minister twice today, the last time just a half hour ago. He told me that the preliminary number of deaths is 50." Of the 300 injuries caused by the attacks, 50 are considered critical.
+++ Suspicious package destroyed in Edinburgh+++
(8:32 p.m. CET) The discovery of a suspicious-looking package in a bus in Edinburgh triggered a bomb warning in the Scottish city. A bomb squad managed to destroy the package using a controlled explosion, police said. As yet there is no indication as to whether the package actually contained explosives, a spokeswoman said.
+++ China "shocked" by terror attacks +++
(8:11 p.m. CET) China said it was "shocked" by the terror attacks in London. A statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry declared that when terrorist acts are committed and people suffer as a result, they must be condemned, regardless of the goals that are being pursued. "The attacks also show that the international war of terrorism still has a long way before it." China wants to expand its cooperation with the international community in the fight against terror.
+++Blair returns to G8 summit +++
(8:07 p.m. CET) British Prime Minister Tony Blair leaves his office on Downing Street in order to return to the G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland.
+++ Victim count climbs to 37 +++
(7:15 pm CET) The number of victims of the terror attacks in London has increased from 33 to 37, explained the London Police. According to their investigations, at least two people died in the explosion on the bus. The greatest number of people - 21 - were killed in the attack at King's Cross; seven people each died in the explosions at Edgware Road and Liverpool Street stations. Authorities estimated the number of injured at 700.
+++ Edinburgh street evacuated +++
(7:13 p.m. CET) The police evacuated a section of the main shopping street in Edinburgh on Thursday, after a suspicious package was found on a bus. A suspicious package was also discovered on a bus near Victoria Station in London after the morning attacks. Train traffic was not compromised by this, according to a spokeswoman for the transportation authority. British television broadcaster Sky TV reported that the police have warned against entering Victoria Station.
+++ British Markets Lose Billions +++
(7:02 p.m. CET) Traders on the London Stock Exchange have lost billions following the attacks. The trade index of leading London shares, the FTSE-100 closed down 1.4% at 5158.3 In this index alone, 25 billion was wiped off the value of shares.
+++ UN Security Council Condemns Attacks +++
(6:59 p.m. CET) The UN Security Council in New York has unanimously condemned the terrorist attacks. With UN Resolution 1611, the council calls for international solidarity in the hunt for the perpetrators, their manipulators and the clients of these "barbaric" acts and demands unity in bringing them to justice.
+++Blair: Perpetrators Acting in Name of Islam+++
(6:39 p.m. CET) British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has spoken about the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks, in a speech from Downing Street in London. "We know that these people act in the name of Islam but we also know that the vast and overwhelming majority of Muslims here and abroad are decent and law-abiding people who abhor those who do this every bit as much as we do."
+++Nato Council Calls Meeting+++
(6:36 p.m. CET) The Nato Council will hold an extraordinary meeting in Brussels on Friday following the terrorist attacks. According to Nato, representatives of the 26 members want to discuss the situation in the British capital and consider possible perpetrators of the attacks. It is expected that they will affirm their preparedness for a combined battle against terrorism.
+++Underground to Run Again+++
(6:08 p.m. CET) The situation on the London Underground network has partly normalised this evening. Underground lines, which have been out of action since this morning's attacks, were able to go back into operation. A restricted service was expected on the Underground on Friday, said a London Transport spokesperson. He hoped that many of the three million commuters, who use the Underground each day, could use double-decker buses in the meantime. Busses have been running through the city centre since midday. Many London workers still had to make their way home this afternoon by foot.
+++ Syria and Iran Condemn Attacks+++
(5:54 p.m. CET) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad condemned the "sickening attacks", in a note of sympathy to the British Prime Minister, according to a Syrian state news agency. A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry said, "terrorist attacks of this kind are of course no way to achieve political aims of any kind."
+++Putin Finds Faults in Worldwide Anti-Terror Battle+++
(5:49 p.m. CET) Russia's President Vladimir Putin has said that the attacks on London are a sign that the war on terror is not sufficiently uniform. "What happened today shows again, that we are doing too little to effectively coordinate our forces in the battle against terrorism," explained Putin at the G8 Summit in Scotland. He said that he knew what terror meant, from his own experience and pledged his country's condolences for the victims and their relatives.
+++ Queen Elizabeth II: "Dreadful Events" +++
(5:07 p.m. CET) Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II expressed consternation at the explosions in London. The dreadful events in London this morning have deeply shocked us all, the British monarch said in a statement from Buckingham Palace. "I know I speak for the whole nation in expressing my sympathy to all those affected and the relatives of the killed and injured," she said. "I have nothing but admiration for the emergency services as they go about their work."
+++ British Police Shocked, but not surprised +++
(5:05 p.m. CET) London police have increased their presence in the city following the terror bombings. A police spokesperson said that 31,000 officers were available for the British capital's security. He added that the police were shocked, but not surprised by the attacks, noting that London has long been considered a prime target for attacks.
+++ UN Security Council Holding Emergency Session +++
(4:58 p.m.CET) The United Nations Security Council is holding an emergency session today following the series of terrorist bombings that struck London. The current president of the Council, Greek UN Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis, said that the group will be discussing a resolution similar to the one passed after the March 11, 2004 terror attacks in Madrid.
+++ Four Explosions: London Police +++
(4:48 p.m. CET) A total of four explosions struck London according to police. Seven People were killed in the first explosion, which occurred in an underground tunnel near Moorgate in the eastern part of the city, according to Police Chief Brian Paddick. Twenty-one others died in a second explosion in a tunnel near King's Cross, and five more were killed in a blast at Edgware Station in the west of the city. Paddick added that an unknown number of people had died in a bus explosion.
+++ Economic Experts: Attacks will have no effect on the economy +++
(4:27 p.m. CET) Economic experts do not expect a serious impact on the economy as a result of the terrorist attacks in London. "At the present time, the attacks should not have a significant impact on economic growth," said the President of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet, in Frankfurt.
+++ Angela Merkel Calls Attacks Insidious +++
(4:27 p.m. CET) German CDU Party Chief Angela Merkel has called the terror attacks on London "insidious". The center-right candidate for Chancellor added that security in Germany is an important issue, and that everything would be done to protect the country's citizens.
+++ At least 33 Dead: London Police +++
(4:26 p.m. CET) The London Police Chief has said that at least 33 people were killed in the terror attacks in London.
+++Schily: possible al-Qaida Link to Attacks +++
(4:19 p.m. CET) According to German Interior Minister Otto Schily (SPD), there has been a claim of responsibility for the attacks, which could point to al-Qaida. However, it could be a group that follows the same ideology as al-Qaida, but which is not part of the network itself, said Schily following a telephone conversation with British colleagues.
+++ No Resolutions Today at G8 Summit +++
(3:58 p.m. CET) Following the attacks in London there will be no public resolutions made today at the G8 Summit at Gleneagles. The corresponding summit documents will be published on Friday instead, according to diplomatic circles.
+++German President Horst Koehler expresses his sympathies +++
(3:43 p.m. CET) German President Horst Koehler has condemned the attacks in London as "barbaric". "Once again, terrorists have struck with total viciousness," wrote Koehler in a telegram to British Queen, Elizabeth II. "We don't know which hateful convictions prompted these hideous attacks, but we will not let terrorism shake our will -- rather, we will fight determinedly and stand united against it."
+++ Arab League Condemns Bombing Attacks +++
(3:41 p.m. CET) The Arab League has condemned the bomb attacks in London. "We lament these explosions, which have killed numerous innocent people. We reject all such attacks, whether in London, or in other European or Arabian capitals," said the General Secretary of the Arab League, Amre Mussa, in Cairo.
Television station: At least 45 dead in attacks +++
(3:36 p.m. CET) At least 45 people were killed in a series of attacks on buses and subways in London according to the British television broadcaster Sky TV. Some 1000 people were injured. A reliable source provided the figures, although they have not yet been confirmed officially.
+++ US civil servant: At least 40 dead in London +++
(3:16 p.m. CET) The terror attacks in London have left at least 40 people dead, according to a U.S. Department of Justice employee. The U.S. institutions have been informed by their British colleagues, added the source.
+++ Interpol Pledges "Full Cooperation" +++
(3:13 p.m. CET) The international police service Interpol has pledged its "full cooperation" following the attacks in London. "An attack against a country is an attack against all, and the police response has to be an international one," said Interpol General Secretary Ronald Noble.
+++ "An Attack on Democracy": EU Commission President +++
(2:45 p.m. CET) EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso has called the attacks on London an "attack on democracy" and Europe's basic freedoms. Speaking from the G8 Summit, Barroso said that people across Europe shared the grief of the British people.
+++ German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder: "Fight Terrorism" +++
(2:35 p.m. CET) German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has expressed his outrage over the attacks in London. Speaking at Gleneagles, Scotland, Schroeder strongly condemned the "treacherous acts". The international community, he said, will do all it can to work together in fighting terrorism "with every means available to us."
+++ Blair travels to London +++
(2:32 p.m. CET) British Prime Minister Tony Blair left the G8 summit in Scotland to travel to London to assess the aftermath of the terrorist attacks.
+++ Pope condemns attacks +++
(2:21 p.m. CET) Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his sympathy to relatives of the victims of the terrorist attacks in London. He confirmed that he had followed the news from Britain "with pain" and condemned "the attacks as inhuman and un-Christian," in a telegram sent to Murphy O'Connor, archbishop of London. He asked the bishop to express his sympathies to relatives of the victims.
+++ German Intelligence Service: Terrorist Attack Likely +++
(2:14 p.m. CET) "All circumstances indicate a terrorist attack," in London confirmed the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany's foreign intelligence agency. The cause of the attacks is being investigated by the BND with the greatest efforts, and its officials are in contact with domestic and foreign security services.
+++ G8 Condemns the Attacks +++
(2:11 p.m. CET) World leaders at the G8 Summit harshly condemned the London attacks in a group statement with Prime Minister Tony Blair in Gleneagles, Scotland. Speaking on behalf of the G8 leaders, Blair said: "The terrorists will not succeed."
+++ Four Explosions, Interior Ministry says +++
(1:59 p.m. CET) British Interior Minister Charles Clarke said there were four explosions, three of which occurred in underground stations and a fourth in a bus. "We do not know which organization is responsible," he said in a speech to the lower house of Parliament.
+++ Wounded at King's Cross in the Double Digits +++
(1:44 p.m.) The number of dead reported at King's Cross is rising, US news organization CNN said, citing police and hospital sources. The body count at King's Cross alone is expected to be in the double digits. Police have said that at least two people were killed and 185 were wounded in blasts. The Royal London Hospital in the eastern part of the city said that it had seen 95 wounded, of which seven were in critical condition. Several other London hospitals have said they have been receiving wounded, although they have not given figures.
+++ Suicide bomber believed to have blown up bus +++
(1:31 p.m. CET) British news channel Sky News has reported that a suicide bomber was responsible for one of the six attacks in London. Sky reported on Thursday that the suicide bomber caused the explosion of a double-decker bus. However, police declared that it is still too early to determine whether a suicide bomber was actually involved.
+++ Six explosions have been confirmed +++
(1:12 p.m. CET) British police have confirmed the scope of the terrorist attacks: There were at least six explosions in the London Underground and at least one bus. Two people have been confirmed dead and many more injured. Earlier reports suggested that three buses had been struck.
+++ G8 Summit Will Continue +++
(12:57 p.m. CET) Despite a series of explosions, the G8 summit in Scotland will continue, according to German news agency DPA.
+++ Emergency Plans Take Hold +++
(12:52 p.m. CET) Security services are slowly bringing the situation in London under control, Police Chief Ian Blair told Sky News. "The emergency plans are beginning to take hold," he said. According to the police chief, the authorities had no warning of the attack. Hospitals and ambulances are working well together, according to his report. British Home Secretary Charles Clarke spoke of "terrible injuries." The whole bus and subway network remains closed.
+++ Blair Speaks of Terrorist Attack +++
(1:00 p.m. CET) In his first TV-statement, British Prime Minister Tony Blair spoke of a terrorist attack. "It is reasonably clear that this is a series of terrorist attacks," said the visibly shaken prime minister. "Many people are believed to have been killed and injured," said Blair at the G8 summit in Scotland. He will leave the summit within the next few hours for London, however the summit will continue as planned.
+++ Police Chief Speaks of Coordinated Attack +++
(12:44 p.m. CET) "We are concerned that we are dealing with a coordinated attack," said the chief of the London police about the possible cause of the explosions.
+++ Up to 20 Dead in Explosions +++
(12:40 p.m. CET) Following a series of explosions in London, a government spokesman has told the British TV network ITV that 20 people have been killed. Police have confirmed two deaths so far. The BBC has reported an explosion in the area of Houndsditch, east London. The BBC also reported that al-Qaida terrorists may be behind the attacks.
+++ Army deployed in London +++
(12:26 p.m. CET) British Armed Forces units have been deployed in London, according to Sky News. They also reported a central crisis center has been set up in London to coordinate the security response to the attacks.
+++ Police confirm 6 attacks +++
(12:21 p.m. CET) The police are talking of six explosions in London buses and subway stations. Scotland Yard has confirmed this report.
+++ 90 Injured at Aldgate +++
(12:20 p.m. CET) According to one doctor, the explosion at Aldgate subway station, has caused 90 injuries. "A number of people have been seriously injured," said Dr. Diane Keith. "There are people lying all over the place."
+++ Three buses attacked +++
(11:39 a.m. CET) Explosions have occurred in at least three London buses, confirmed the Metropolitan Police. According to the BBC, at least one person was killed after a bomb exploded on one bus.
+++ Explosion on a bus +++
(11:15 a.m. CET) According to a report by broadcaster Sky News, there has been an explosion on board a London bus. Another employee said they had heard an explosion near the Euston subway station. An eyewitness said he had seen people fleeing a destroyed bus.
+++ Underground Shut Down +++
(10:43 a.m. CET) The whole London Underground network has been shut down after a series of explosions, according to Sky News, a British news organization.
+++ Financial Center evacuated +++
+++ Emergency Services in Liverpool Street +++
(8:30 a.m. CET) Further subway stations have been closed. There are media reports of trapped passengers. Emergency services vehicles have arrived at Liverpool Street, one of London's busiest stations. Early reports suggest a power surge may have caused the incident.
+++ Explosion in the Underground +++
(8:12 a.m. CET) British Transport Police have closed Liverpool Street Underground Station. There had been a loud "blast."
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