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Finsbury Park attack: Suspect named as Darren Osborne, 47-year-old who lives in Cardiff – latest updates Finsbury Park attack: Suspect named as Darren Osborne, 47-year-old who lives in Cardiff – latest updates
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The mother of the suspected Finsbury Park terror attacker has spoken of her shock. In an interview with ITV News, she said she found out about her son’s arrest via the television.
Asked what she thought when that happened, Christine Osborne said: “Oh God... you just can’t imagine.” Breaking down in tears, she added: “I just can’t talk about it, I just don’t know.” She said the last time she saw him was about a month ago.
Asked if he had ever expressed extremist views or behaviour, Christine Osborne said: “No, none whatsoever. Nothing at all.” She described her son as being a “complex” person but said “that’s all I can say”. She said:
I’m not going to defend him, but he’s my son and it’s a terrible, terrible shock.
It’s not just robbing a bank, it’s an atrocity. And at this moment in time, I can’t cope with it, I can’t. I don’t want to say anything more.
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The home secretary, Amber Rudd, has said the Finsbury Park attack was “another attack on Britain” that, similar to other recent tragedies, “unites us all in grief and anger”. Writing for the Guardian, Rudd said:
We must not let hate win. It is vital, now more than ever, that we stand together and do not allow people who seek to use hate to divide us to succeed.
I have been saddened to see suggestions that this cowardly crime is not being dealt with in the same way as the Westminster Bridge, Manchester or London Bridge attacks. Let there be no doubt this attack is every bit as horrifying as the others we have seen. Our grief is no less raw. When this van targeted innocent people tending to a man who had been taken ill, police were on the scene and responded within one minute. Within eight minutes they had declared it a terrorist attack.
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Police have revised the casualty figures from the attack: They now say nine people were taken to hospital and two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Scotland Yard had previously given the former figure as eight.Police have revised the casualty figures from the attack: They now say nine people were taken to hospital and two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Scotland Yard had previously given the former figure as eight.
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Darren Osborne’s sister, Nicola, has said she is “very sorry for what’s happened”, the Press Association reports.Darren Osborne’s sister, Nicola, has said she is “very sorry for what’s happened”, the Press Association reports.
She spoke outside a house in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, where relatives of the suspected Finsbury Park attacker gathered on Monday afternoon. She declined to give a surname and she and other family members said they would not be issuing further statements at the moment.She spoke outside a house in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, where relatives of the suspected Finsbury Park attacker gathered on Monday afternoon. She declined to give a surname and she and other family members said they would not be issuing further statements at the moment.
The street, which is two rows of terraces near the town centre, was busy with journalists and groups of young people standing around talking about what had happened.The street, which is two rows of terraces near the town centre, was busy with journalists and groups of young people standing around talking about what had happened.
One neighbour, who did not give her name, said she knew Osborne’s mother but “did not know Darren at all”.One neighbour, who did not give her name, said she knew Osborne’s mother but “did not know Darren at all”.
Another neighbour said Osborne had not lived there for 10 years and that he had a “family and children in Cardiff”.Another neighbour said Osborne had not lived there for 10 years and that he had a “family and children in Cardiff”.
Others said they did not know the family at all, with one saying most people on the street kept themselves to themselves.Others said they did not know the family at all, with one saying most people on the street kept themselves to themselves.
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The Muslim next-door neighbours of Osborne alleged he had racially abused their son at the weekend.The Muslim next-door neighbours of Osborne alleged he had racially abused their son at the weekend.
Khadijh Sherazi said she had never had any problems with him or his family until this weekend. But her 12-year-old son, Nadeem, said:Khadijh Sherazi said she had never had any problems with him or his family until this weekend. But her 12-year-old son, Nadeem, said:
I was on my bike and he just came up to me and said ‘in-bred’. Just out there [on the road]. It was just a normal voice. He just said it.I was on my bike and he just came up to me and said ‘in-bred’. Just out there [on the road]. It was just a normal voice. He just said it.
His sister, Nadia, 10, said she also heard what Osborne said.His sister, Nadia, 10, said she also heard what Osborne said.
Me and my nan were sat on the deck. She was putting the washing out. All of a sudden we heard him say ‘in-bred’. I said to my nan: ‘Did you hear that?’ She said it was probably to his dogs.Me and my nan were sat on the deck. She was putting the washing out. All of a sudden we heard him say ‘in-bred’. I said to my nan: ‘Did you hear that?’ She said it was probably to his dogs.
The children’s mother said it had not been said in an angry tone. She continued:The children’s mother said it had not been said in an angry tone. She continued:
We didn’t think nothing of it. He seemed a normal bloke, a normal family, normal kids, happy go lucky. I would see him out walking with his two spaniels. He would also shout quite a lot but the kids seemed happy. I wouldn’t have said he was someone with mental problems.We didn’t think nothing of it. He seemed a normal bloke, a normal family, normal kids, happy go lucky. I would see him out walking with his two spaniels. He would also shout quite a lot but the kids seemed happy. I wouldn’t have said he was someone with mental problems.
Asked about the attack in Finsbury Park, she said: “It’s shocking, me being Muslim. If I go out some places are racist. I get called batman. You think, get a life. This guy didn’t show any signs of being racist.”Asked about the attack in Finsbury Park, she said: “It’s shocking, me being Muslim. If I go out some places are racist. I get called batman. You think, get a life. This guy didn’t show any signs of being racist.”
Sherazi describes herself as a white Muslim, who was born in Cardiff and speaks with a Welsh accent. Her children were born in Cardiff. Their father is originally from Pakistan.Sherazi describes herself as a white Muslim, who was born in Cardiff and speaks with a Welsh accent. Her children were born in Cardiff. Their father is originally from Pakistan.
The family said Osborne had a large family who would often visit. He set up a gazebo in the garden as the spell of hot weather came in and was seen arriving with bottles of vodka as if he was going to hold a party. They said they heard him singing in his garden.The family said Osborne had a large family who would often visit. He set up a gazebo in the garden as the spell of hot weather came in and was seen arriving with bottles of vodka as if he was going to hold a party. They said they heard him singing in his garden.
“He seemed happy enough,” said Sherazi.“He seemed happy enough,” said Sherazi.
The street where Osborne lives is a cul-de-sac of red brick semis and terraces. Osborne is believed to live with partner Sarah Andrews, 42, a chef at the Black Griffin pub in the nearby leafy suburb of Lisvane.The street where Osborne lives is a cul-de-sac of red brick semis and terraces. Osborne is believed to live with partner Sarah Andrews, 42, a chef at the Black Griffin pub in the nearby leafy suburb of Lisvane.
Neighbours said Osborne and Andrews had separated in recent months, and said he would often shout at her in the street.Neighbours said Osborne and Andrews had separated in recent months, and said he would often shout at her in the street.
Pharmacist Rebecca Carpenter, 26, said Osborne was “quite a shouty person, always shouting at his wife and kids”.Pharmacist Rebecca Carpenter, 26, said Osborne was “quite a shouty person, always shouting at his wife and kids”.
He always seemed an aggressive and strange person. He drove around in an old car that was always damaged.He always seemed an aggressive and strange person. He drove around in an old car that was always damaged.
He never caused us any real problems, but we could often hear him shouting from the other side of the street.He never caused us any real problems, but we could often hear him shouting from the other side of the street.
None of us have ever really spoken to him but we recognised him straight away when we saw him on the telly this morning.None of us have ever really spoken to him but we recognised him straight away when we saw him on the telly this morning.
Another neighbour said: “I actually heard him singing in the street yesterday – weird really. I never knew what he did for a living but Sarah is a hard worker.”Another neighbour said: “I actually heard him singing in the street yesterday – weird really. I never knew what he did for a living but Sarah is a hard worker.”
Stephanie Kibble, 21, another neighbour who lives two doors down, said she never had a problem with Osborne.Stephanie Kibble, 21, another neighbour who lives two doors down, said she never had a problem with Osborne.
I only knew him to say hello to but he was always friendly enough.I only knew him to say hello to but he was always friendly enough.
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Red Cross providing assistance after Finsbury Park mosque attackRed Cross providing assistance after Finsbury Park mosque attack
The British Red Cross has sent three volunteers to provide “practical and emotional support” to those affected by the attack and those who cannot return to their homes because of the police cordon.The British Red Cross has sent three volunteers to provide “practical and emotional support” to those affected by the attack and those who cannot return to their homes because of the police cordon.
The charity’s chief executive, Mike Adamson, said the team may be required to assist overnight and urged the public to help the relief effort with donations to the specialist fund for victims of UK terror attacks.The charity’s chief executive, Mike Adamson, said the team may be required to assist overnight and urged the public to help the relief effort with donations to the specialist fund for victims of UK terror attacks.
As a nation we continue to face a trying and difficult time but our humanity continues to unite us. People will want to know how they can help and show that unity with one another at this time.As a nation we continue to face a trying and difficult time but our humanity continues to unite us. People will want to know how they can help and show that unity with one another at this time.
Donations are welcome to the UK Solidarity Fund which we launched earlier this month for victims of terror attacks in the UK, and which we will be making available to support those who have been affected by this latest horrific incident.Donations are welcome to the UK Solidarity Fund which we launched earlier this month for victims of terror attacks in the UK, and which we will be making available to support those who have been affected by this latest horrific incident.
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***important information*** tonight there will be a vigil for peace and unity at #FinsburyParkMosque after last night's attack pic.twitter.com/pXNNwIr4sy***important information*** tonight there will be a vigil for peace and unity at #FinsburyParkMosque after last night's attack pic.twitter.com/pXNNwIr4sy
A vigil will be held tonight at Finsbury Park mosque for the person killed in the attack as well as the injured, coordinated by Faiths Forum for London, with other smaller vigils taking place across the capital.A vigil will be held tonight at Finsbury Park mosque for the person killed in the attack as well as the injured, coordinated by Faiths Forum for London, with other smaller vigils taking place across the capital.
Faith leaders from across Wales are also meeting at Dar Ul-Isra mosque in Cardiff at 8.45pm to make a human chain wall as an act of solidarity with the Muslim community.Faith leaders from across Wales are also meeting at Dar Ul-Isra mosque in Cardiff at 8.45pm to make a human chain wall as an act of solidarity with the Muslim community.
Organised by Citizens UK, faith leaders in attendance will include Peggy Jackson, the archdeacon of Llandaff, and Rabbi Rose of Cardiff United synagogue.Organised by Citizens UK, faith leaders in attendance will include Peggy Jackson, the archdeacon of Llandaff, and Rabbi Rose of Cardiff United synagogue.
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The Guardian’s Nesrine Malik has written a piece on Sunday night’s attack.The Guardian’s Nesrine Malik has written a piece on Sunday night’s attack.
It wasn’t a surprise to those of us who recognise that Islamophobia, in print or over the airwaves, can have real-world consequencesIt wasn’t a surprise to those of us who recognise that Islamophobia, in print or over the airwaves, can have real-world consequences
We have been conditioned to think of extremists as other than us, of terrorists as angry, dark-skinned men, of hate preachers as bearded clerics, of enablers as the silent Muslims who will not condemn the actions of their few. But it is time to also see those who attack Muslims not as anomalies or crazed individuals, but as products of a climate that has incited and normalised their hatred.We have been conditioned to think of extremists as other than us, of terrorists as angry, dark-skinned men, of hate preachers as bearded clerics, of enablers as the silent Muslims who will not condemn the actions of their few. But it is time to also see those who attack Muslims not as anomalies or crazed individuals, but as products of a climate that has incited and normalised their hatred.
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East London mosque has an update after the building was evacuated after a bomb threat, now believed to have been a hoax.East London mosque has an update after the building was evacuated after a bomb threat, now believed to have been a hoax.
The Mosque received a telephone threat a short while ago. Buildings were evacuated and sweeps carried out by Police and Mosque staff. 1/2The Mosque received a telephone threat a short while ago. Buildings were evacuated and sweeps carried out by Police and Mosque staff. 1/2
While we understand this incident to be a hoax, we still urge vigilance in our community. 2/2While we understand this incident to be a hoax, we still urge vigilance in our community. 2/2
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Labour MP Jo Stevens has issued an appeal for information after the alleged attacker was named as Darren Osborne, a resident of her Cardiff Central constituency.Labour MP Jo Stevens has issued an appeal for information after the alleged attacker was named as Darren Osborne, a resident of her Cardiff Central constituency.
Stevens said it was “deeply concerning” that Osborne had lived in her constituency and urged users of social media to take care their comments did not prejudice any forthcoming criminal trial.Stevens said it was “deeply concerning” that Osborne had lived in her constituency and urged users of social media to take care their comments did not prejudice any forthcoming criminal trial.
I am appealing to anyone who may have relevant information about the attack to let the police know immediately.I am appealing to anyone who may have relevant information about the attack to let the police know immediately.
I am also appealing to everyone who uses social media, to please be aware that prejudicial tweets about the alleged attacker may constitute contempt of court, and could even lead to any prosecution or trial having to be abandoned.I am also appealing to everyone who uses social media, to please be aware that prejudicial tweets about the alleged attacker may constitute contempt of court, and could even lead to any prosecution or trial having to be abandoned.
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The anti-fascist campaign group Hope not Hate has said it fears the UK is entering a cycle of “tit-for-tat violence… where the extremes feed off one another, and terror attack propels terror attack”.The anti-fascist campaign group Hope not Hate has said it fears the UK is entering a cycle of “tit-for-tat violence… where the extremes feed off one another, and terror attack propels terror attack”.
The organisation, which campaigns against the far right, said the sheer number of events meant “there can feel a dangerous sense of inevitability to all this”.The organisation, which campaigns against the far right, said the sheer number of events meant “there can feel a dangerous sense of inevitability to all this”.
"It is time to remove the oxygen on which hate feeds online.” –@lowles_nick #FinsburyPark https://t.co/00Ax6YoHA7 pic.twitter.com/FvWetIhQtF"It is time to remove the oxygen on which hate feeds online.” –@lowles_nick #FinsburyPark https://t.co/00Ax6YoHA7 pic.twitter.com/FvWetIhQtF
Hope not Hate, one of the co-organisers of the Great Get Together in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox, said the authorities needed to take further action against non-violent extremists who incite both far-right and Islamist-inspired violence.Hope not Hate, one of the co-organisers of the Great Get Together in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox, said the authorities needed to take further action against non-violent extremists who incite both far-right and Islamist-inspired violence.
The agendas of the Islamist extremists who carried out the Manchester and London Bridge attacks differ little from the far-right extremists who set out to target Muslims.The agendas of the Islamist extremists who carried out the Manchester and London Bridge attacks differ little from the far-right extremists who set out to target Muslims.
Both share a belief that Muslims and non-Muslims cannot live peacefully together and both use the existence of the other to justify their own warped world view.Both share a belief that Muslims and non-Muslims cannot live peacefully together and both use the existence of the other to justify their own warped world view.
The charity’s chief executive, Nick Lowles, said they would work to continue to deny platforms to extremists.The charity’s chief executive, Nick Lowles, said they would work to continue to deny platforms to extremists.
No community entire, no ‘people’, are to blame for the actions of a few. Muslims are not ‘taking over’, nor are Islamophobic extremists. It can be lost in the miasma of blame and smear that, in fact, the vast majority of the country rejects all extremes.No community entire, no ‘people’, are to blame for the actions of a few. Muslims are not ‘taking over’, nor are Islamophobic extremists. It can be lost in the miasma of blame and smear that, in fact, the vast majority of the country rejects all extremes.
Today it is vital we show solidarity to those under attack, but in the longer term this is not enough. As a society we need to be more proactive and find better ways to defeat those who want to destroy our lives.Today it is vital we show solidarity to those under attack, but in the longer term this is not enough. As a society we need to be more proactive and find better ways to defeat those who want to destroy our lives.
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Jessica Elgot
This is Jessica Elgot taking over the live blog now for the rest of the afternoon. I’ve just arrived back from a briefing at Downing Street after the prime minister visited Finsbury Park mosque.
No 10 gave a strong hint to reporters that new anti-terror measures to tackle online extremism – including far-right radicalisation – could be in the Queen’s speech on Wednesday.
Last week, May announced a UK-French initiative to explore creating a new legal liability for tech companies if they fail to remove inflammatory content, which could include penalties such as fines.
May also pledged during the election campaign that the government would develop tools with tech companies to crack down on online extremism.
On Monday, after May met community leaders in Finsbury Park following the van attack on worshippers leaving the mosque, Downing Street said the reforms were a priority for the government
“Extremism takes many forms and she has spelled out as a couple of weeks ago that we have plans to crack down on extremism, there is extremism on the internet of all kinds and we’ll be focusing on extremism of all kinds,” the prime minister’s spokesman said
“She was very clear that we are going to bring this work forward and we are going to focus on all forms of extremism.”
Downing Street would not commit to the final package being announced in the Queen’s speech however. “We are going to bring forward this work soon,” the spokesman said.
May is chairing a Cobra meeting this afternoon to be updated on the investigation into the attack, we’re expecting information from that later this evening.
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Finsbury Park attack suspect named
The Finsbury Park mosque attack suspect is understood to be Darren Osborne, a 47-year old living in Cardiff, Robert Booth, Steven Morris and Ian Cobain write.
The alleged attacker, who reportedly shouted “I want to kill all Muslims”, is reportedly a married father of four whose family are reported to be based in Weston-super-Mare. Police were on Monday searching an address in a cul-de-sac in the Llanedeyrn area, close to Cardiff golf club, in the north-east of the city suburbs.
Osborne was arrested by police on suspicion of attempted murder following the attack at shortly after midnight Monday.
Neighbours told of their shock after seeing pictures of Osborne being arrested by police.
Dave Ashford, 52, said: “Someone called me and said it was him and I said ‘It can’t be’. Then I saw the picture on the news and said, it’s him’.”
Pauline Tibbs, 48, said: “The police have been back and forward here all day. It’s a terrible shock. I’ve seen him walking in the street but never spoken to him.”
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There is a discrepancy in the age of the man arrested. The police previously said he was 48 years old and have now corrected that to 47. He has not yet been named.
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The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, says the Finsbury Park attack was aimed at “us all – our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect”. Writing for the Guardian, he says:
We don’t yet know the full motivations behind it, but terrorism is terrorism – no matter the target and regardless of what inspires the sick and twisted perpetrators who carry out these evil crimes.
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Arrested man now held on terror offences
The man arrested last night over the Finsbury Park attack is now being held on suspicion of terror offences, Scotland Yard says.
The 47-year-old was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and was subsequently further arrested for the “commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder”.
Counter-terror police are appealing for witnesses following the terror attack on Seven Sisters Road, in north London.
Police said they were called at 00.21 and declared they were treating the incident as a terror attack within eight minutes. They said eight people were injured and that the attack happened while a man was receiving first aid after being taken ill nearby. That man subsequently died and police said they were “continuing to establish whether there is any link between his death and the attack”.
Police said they believe the “suspect acted alone but we are of course investigating all the circumstances leading up to the attack”. Officers added that searches are being carried out at a residential address in the Cardiff area. The Met’s deputy assistant commissioner, Neil Basu, said:
Our thoughts are with all those affected by the incident at Seven Sisters Road and their families, friends and communities.
This is being treated as a terrorist incident and is being investigated by the Counter Terrorism Command. The investigation is ongoing and we are working fast to know the full details of how and why this took place.
All the victims were from the Muslim community and we will be deploying extra police patrols to reassure the public, especially those observing Ramadan.
We are working hard to protect all communities and the public will see additional officers patrolling across the city and at Muslim places of worship. This was an attack on London and all Londoners. We should all stand together against extremists whatever their cause.
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Weyman Bennett, the head of Unite Against Fascism, said Finsbury Park mosque has been threatened or attacked at least twice in recent years.
“It was one of the mosques to be sent white powder last year, and two years ago it was targeted with a makeshift petrol bomb. There’s been a consistent attempt by people to attack the mosque. I think it’s a consequence of increasing Islamophobia.”
There had been a little-noticed increase in attacks on the Muslim community recently, he said, partly due to how reporting of recent terror attacks had been “framed around the narrative of Islam”.
He added: “I also think Theresa May’s language after the last London attacks was inflammatory … she said there were safe spaces that we tolerate and specifically, she talked about tearing up the Human Rights Act as if they [the terrorists] were being protected by the Muslim community.” This rhetoric had “poisoned” the election, he said.
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Shaukat Warraich from Faith Associates, which trains mosques in charity governance and security plans, has been speaking to my colleague Damien Gayle outside the Finsbury Park mosque about the growing threat faced by Muslim communities in the UK. Warraich said:
We have spoken to people that have left the far right and the far right have openly told us that they see mosques as easy targets. They have been surveilling mosques, watching them, seeing what time they pray. Especially if there is a pub across the road, they have been watching them.
Mosques are easy targets because they are not protected. There is no security, like Jewish people who have security guards on the door; mosques are very open buildings.
We have met people who said,. ‘When we were in the far right we were looking for ways to attack mosques.’
Warraich said that many Islamophobic incidents went unreported.
People are saying it’s a small issue, let’s not make a big deal about it. People will throw a piece of bacon over the fence … We are advising that everything that happens you must report it, it’s important that local police build up a picture.
"Mosques are easy targets because they're not protected." Shaukat Warraich of @FaithAssociates, which advises mosques on security pic.twitter.com/cIDtNEDiGJ
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The faiths forum for London is organising a vigil at the Finsbury Park mosque this evening.
#finsburypark for those wanting to stand in solidarity @LondonFaiths @hopenothate pic.twitter.com/VxfSQBLXi2
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The National Front in Wales has denied any connection with the Finsbury Park suspected attacker, after it emerged the suspect hired the van used in the attack from Pontyclun in south Wales, according to my colleague Robert Booth.
In response to an inquiry from the Guardian, the Welsh regional organiser of the far-right party, Adam Lloyd, described him as a “lunatic” but said: “The man in question is not known to any of us here in South Wales National Front, and to our knowledge is not and never has been a member.”
However, Lloyd added: “Although we will never condone or accept this kind of violent attacks here in SWNF, anyone with a right mind can see this is not a terrorist attack but a revenge attack.
“Incidents like this are only going to increase as two different cultures clash thanks to the failed multicultural and multiracial experiment forced on us by successive corrupt governments.”
Lloyd stood for election to Bridgend council in May, but came last with only 21 votes.
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My colleague Vikram Dodd has just sent news of a bomb scare at another mosque in London.
East London mosque has been evacuated after a bomb scare. They have just been given the all clear after police investigated. It shows the level of anxiety in British Muslim communities after the Finsbury Park attack.
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