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| 1 Aug 2014
Month saw several Maoist insurgent attacks including: 1 police killed in gunbattle in Bihar state 4 July; insurgents late month reportedly killed 4 civilians, including 2 village heads, in Odisha state; govt forces 23 July killedcommander in Jharkhand state, at least 11 insurgents reported killed 28 July in Bastar state. Bodies of 4 abductees,kidnapped by suspected militants, discovered in Assam state mid-month; 1 killed in suspected militant bomb blast targeting police station in state’s Goalpara district 23 July; militant reported killed by paramilitary forces in Karimganj district next day.
| 1 Jul 2014
3 local leaders of ruling BJP party killed in Uttar Pradesh state by unknown assailants early to mid-month.
| 1 Jun 2014
Result of general elections announced 16 May: Hindu nationalist BJP won landslide victory, absolute majority in parliament. Pakistani PM Sharif congratulated incoming PM Narendra Modi, attended inauguration ceremony 26 May. At least 43 Muslims killed in Assam state early month, reportedly by Bodo rebels targeting migrant communities for not supporting Bodo candidate in election; Indian police 4 May shot dead 3 suspects. 7 police killed in suspected Maoist bombing 11 May in Maharashtra state.
| 1 May 2014
Voting in month-long general election began 7 April. Maoist rebels carried out several election-related attacks, including attacks in Chhattisgarh state killing several soldiers, election officials. Suspected Maoists killed 8 police, election officials in bus bombing in Jharkhand state 24 April. Suspected Bodo separatist killed 2 in Assam state 23 April.
| 1 Apr 2014
Attack by over 200 Maoists on Central Reserve Police Forces killed 16 in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district 11 March. Govt announced deployment of over 6,000 extra paramilitary personnel to Odisha ahead of 10 April Lok Sabha elections in response to fears of intensified Maoist attacks. Police intensified operation to catch top Maoist commander Sabyasachi Panda in Odisha’s Gajapati district. 11 Naxals apprehended by security forces 15 March in Balrampur jungle, Chhattisgarh. Maoist attacks in Jharkhand injured 4 security personnel 24 March.
| 1 Mar 2014
7 Maoists reported killed 17 Feb in clash with police close to rebel stronghold in Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra state. Police 9 Feb killed 3 Maoists in joint operation near Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border. 2 police killed, 8 injured in 9 Feb bomb blast in S Chhattisgarh during anti-naxal operation; 6 police killed in Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh 28 Feb.
| 1 Feb 2014
Twin bombs exploded during Republic Day celebrations 26 Jan in Imphal city, Manipul state, no injuries. Several Maoists reported killed in clashes with security forces including in Jamui, Chhattisgarh districts. Ethnic Bodo rebels killed 5 bus passengers in Assam 18 Jan.
| 2 Jan 2014
6 police killed in landmine blast 3 Dec in Aurangabad district, Bihar State, blamed on Maoist rebels. Revolutionary Communist Party, breakaway section of Communist Party of India (Maoist), 20 Dec declared its abandonment of Maoist armed struggle.
| 1 Dec 2013
Govt deployed over 100,000 security personnel to secure 11 Nov elections in restive Chhattisgarh region; polls saw 75% turnout despite Maoist boycott. Maoists killed village head and 2 bodyguards in Abkola village, Gaya District 11 Nov. Several security forces killed in reported Maoist attacks in Sukma, Bijapur and Munger districts.
| 1 Nov 2013
3 policemen killed 17 Oct in suspected Maoist rebel ambush in Gadchiroli district; 5 arrested. Security forces 9 Oct killed suspected Maoist during firefight near Malingwar village, Chhattisgarh district. Communist Party of India-Maoist 15 Oct called for boycott of Nov assembly elections in Chhattisgarh.
| 1 Oct 2013
Army 7 Sept killed 1 Maoist near Jal Mahadeb; 14 Sept killed at least 14 Maoists in Odisha’s Malkangiri district. Maoist patrol ambush 16 Sept killed 2 police, injured 2 in Bihar district. 4 CPI (Maoist) members accused of connection with 2005 Madhuban blast arrested 16 Sept in Bihar’s East Champaran district. 1 Maoist and 1 police killed 19 Sept in gun battle in S Chhattisgarh. 5 suspected Maoists arrested 27 Sept in Chhattisgarh.
| 1 Sep 2013
3 Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) personnel, 1 Maoist reported killed 16 Aug in clash near Maharabeda, Chhattisgarh. Arrests of suspected Maoists continued: police 20 Aug arrested 5 Maoists with arms cache and ammunition in Chhattisgarh. Maoists 3 Aug detonated explosives on railway track in Bihar, no injuries; 27 Aug ambushed Border Security Force (BSF) convoy in Koraput, Odisha state killing 5 BSF soldiers and injuring 2. Police 29 Aug arrested Yasin Bhatkal, alleged head of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) militant group; 17 Aug arrested Abdul Karim Tunda, bomb-maker and Lashkar-e-Taiba operative near Indo-Nepal border.
| 1 Aug 2013
Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple in Bihar bombed 7 July, 5 injured; authorities reportedly suspect Indian Mujahideen militants. Maoist attacks continued including 5 security personnel killed 17 July in Aurangabad, Bihar. Unidentified gunmen 5 July killed former Maoist leader Ganti Prasada Rao in Nellore, Andra Pradesh. 6 suspected Maoists reportedly killed 24 July in clashes between factions in Jharkhand. Maoist commander Somra Hansda arrested 23 July in Chowka. Security forces 7 July killed 6 Maoists in gunfight in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra, 19 July killed 3 Maoists in Kirambadunguri, Odisha.
| 1 Jul 2013
Series of Maoist attacks throughout country: over 100 Maoists 13 June attacked train in Kundar, Bihar, 3 killed; police officer killed in 1 June ambush in Khallari, Chhattisgarh; 3 killed in 14 June attack in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra; police officer killed 18 June in Kondagaon, Chhattisgarh; 1 killed in Maoist attack in Goan, Chhattisgarh. Police 22 June arrested Maoist leader Umesh Yadav, wanted since 2007, seized large caches of weapons in Thekhi, Jharkhand.
| 1 Jun 2013
27 killed including local politicians in 26 May Maoist attack involving over 250 militants on convoy of National Congress prominent figures in Bastar, Chhattisgarh. Month saw heavy clashes between govt forces and Maoists, police killed in 12 May gunfight in Doordarshan, Chhattisgarh; 2 soldiers injured in 19 May clash with Maoists in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh; soldiers 17 May killed 9 civilians in Edesmeta, Chhattisgarh after reportedly mistaking them for Maoists.
| 1 May 2013
Series of clashes between police and Maoist insurgents: Maoists 8 April blew up power plant in Jamui District, Bihar; 7 killed in 12 April gunfight in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra, including insurgents, police, civilians; 9 insurgents, 1 police officer killed during 16 April raid on Maoist hideout in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region forest. Maoists 25 April killed 2 suspected informants in Malkangiri, Odisha; 27 April killed 2 policemen in Chhattisgarh. 3 Maoists killed 29 April in gunfight with police in Latehar, Jharkhand. India protested Chinese army camp which it alleged fell inside Indian border in Ladakh.
| 1 Apr 2013
Police 11 March arrested 2 Maoists and seized large caches of explosives in Karimnagar, Andra Pradesh. 2 soldiers and several Maoists injured during 18 March gunfight in Gondia district, Maharashtra. 1 soldier killed in 15 March bomb attack in Moreh, Manipur. Police 28 March reported 15 killed in clashes between Maoist groups in Chatra district, Jharkhand. Unknown individuals 20 March hacked to death former Bharatiya Janata Party councillor in Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu. Large bomb defused 11 March at bus station in Bongaigaon, lower Assam.
| 1 Mar 2013
16 killed, over 100 injured in 21 Feb bomb in southern city Hyderabad, in suspected terrorist attack. 22 killed, over 80 injured 12, 15 Feb in clashes between police and tribal groups over municipal elections in Assam. Garo National Liberation Army militants 2 Feb attacked Williamnagar jail, Meghalaya State, killed 2 jail officials. Odisha State Police 4 Feb arrested 7 suspected Maoists. Suspected Maoist leader arrested 19 Feb in Manoor, Kerala State. 3 villagers killed by Maoists 20 Feb in clashes in Lakkavaram, Andhra Pradesh. 8 killed in Maoist bomb attack 22 Feb in Bihar. Bomb blast killed 1 in Nagaland province 20 Feb.
| 1 Feb 2013
Maoist ambush on security forces 7 Jan reportedly killed 7 soldiers, 10 Maoists, 4 villagers in Jharkhand; police 11 Jan arrested 2 Maoists suspected of involvement. Police 22 Jan arrested 3 Maoists in Andhra Pradesh. In Chhattisgarh, Maoists 18 Jan attacked govt troops and shot at army helicopter, killing 1 soldier; 21 Jan attacked police station. Security forces 20 Jan killed 6 suspected Maoists in Maharashtra. Indian navy 27 Jan successfully tested underwater nuclear missile.
| 30 Dec 2012
8 Maoists killed, 9 arrested 14 Dec in security forces raid on Maoist training camp in Chhattisgarh. Security forces 4 Dec arrested 3 Maoists in Odisha, 6 Dec arrested top Maoist leader in Assam. Maoist leader 4 Dec reportedly killed in gunfight with police in South Gadchiroli. Villager allegedly shot dead by Maoists in Andhra Pradesh 1 Dec. At least 28 Maoists surrendered to police in Bihar, West Bengal during month. Unidentified militants 19 Dec attacked Central Reserve Police Force patrol in Manipur.
| 1 Dec 2012
At least 10 killed 10-17 Nov in series of attacks in Assam described by govt as “isolated incidents”. Authorities imposed curfew; Assam govt said large number of illegal weapons were major reason behind fresh violence. Maoists killed 4 in series of shootings in Dantewada, Bijapur, Gadchiroli districts; 8 Nov attacked convoy of Congress leader Mahendra Karma, also former leader of movement to counter Maoists in south Chhattisgarh; 9 Nov ambushed police vehicle in Giridih district killing 4; 7 Maoist prisoners escaped. Security forces 14 Nov killed 5 Maoists in Bhaliagada jungle, 25 Nov killed 1 Maoist in Gadchiroli district.
| 1 Nov 2012
Police arrested several Maoists in West Midnapore, Palu, Simdega districts; 7 Oct raided Maoist base camp in Saran district; 10 Oct seized cache of ammunitions, explosives from Maoist hideouts in West Midnapore district. 6 police killed, 8 injured in Maoist landmine blasts, gunbattle in Gaya district 18 Oct. Maoists 16 Oct kidnapped 3 in Malkangiri district, 18 Oct killed 1 in Koraput district. Grenade blast 29 Oct in Assam killed 1, injured 5.
| 1 Oct 2012
Continued violence in Assam killed 2, injured 2. In Odisha, Maoist attacks killed 4. 2 police, several Maoists reportedly injured 29 Sept in Maoist attack on Chhattisgarh Armed Forces (CAF) camp. Alleged desecration of Quran 14 Sept triggered violent protests in Ghaziabad district; 6 dead, 12 injured, 80 vehicles torched.
| 1 Sep 2012
Month saw at least 95 killed, hundreds injured, 300,000 displaced as violence in Assam state spread; Nagaland state tribal groups 20 Aug expressed intention to evict Muslim Bengali migrants “illegally settled on lands” in response to violence. Assam govt 27 Aug requested army intensify counter-insurgency operations in Kokrajhar, Chirang, Bongaingaon, Dhubri districts, 29 Aug called for 2-month ceasefire; general strikes over state’s failure to prevent bloodshed sparked street violence in several Assam districts late month, led Assam govt to ban strikes 30 Aug. Thousands of migrant workers mid-month fled southern cities amid fears of reprisal attacks for Assam violence; authorities cracked down on social-networking sites, blamed Pakistan for sparking ethnic strife through “cyber-jihad”. 2 killed, 52 injured, 48 arrested when 11 Aug rally to protest against atrocities allegedly committed against Assam, Myanmar Muslims turned violent. Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, thousands of supporters detained by police after 13 Aug attempt to march on parliament in corruption protest; police 26 Aug violently dispersed anti-corruption protesters in Delhi. Parliament late month reached deadlock after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded PM Singh’s resignation over report that India lost $33bn by mis-selling coalfields; Singh 27 Aug announced govt’s intention to take action against any wrongdoing company. Police 30 Aug arrested 10 suspects linked to Mujahideen terror group in Bangalore, Hubri. Court 31 Aug sentenced 32 convicted for involvement in 2002 Gujarat religious riots to life imprisonment.
| 1 Aug 2012
20-27 July clashes between Bodo tribesmen, Muslim Bengali migrants in Assam state killed 56, displaced thousands, triggered military intervention to contain riots, impose curfew on most troubled areas; violence started when unidentified men killed 4 Bodos, provoking retaliation against Muslims against backdrop of territorial disputes. 1 killed, 6 injured in army convoy blast 31 July in Assam. 23 July clashes between Muslims, Hindus in north killed 1. Police 28 June killed 17 Maoist rebels in Chattisgarh state, arrested 2; rights activists 11 July claimed victims local tribesmen. Court 30 July sentenced 21 Hindus to life imprisonment for death of 11 Muslims during 2002 sectarian violence. Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) rebel chief Sangma arrested 31 July. Indian FM Mathai 4 July met Pakistan counterpart Jilani to discuss peace, security; India 5 July said Pakistan should prosecute authors of 2008 Mumbai attacks.
| 1 Jul 2012
Suspected Maoist rebels 2 June beheaded 3 of 5 people previously abducted from Bara Basdeopur village, 5 June killed 2 in Kuitopa village, 19 June abducted 2 in Bihar. Security forces 18 June demolished Maoist training camp near Odisha, 2 Maoists surrendered. Security forces 6 June arrested Maoist rebel involved in 200 attacks in Delhi, 10 June arrested 3 suspected Maoists in Minapur-Tariyani border area, 26 June arrested 7, recovered explosives cache in Jharkhand. Head of banned Ranvir Sena militia Brahmeshwar Mukhiya 1 June shot dead in Bhojpur district, authorities declared curfew. Key suspect in coordinating 2008 Mumbai terrorist bombings reportedly arrested 21 June.
| 1 Jun 2012
7 Maoists, including former bodyguard of slain leader Kishenji, surrendered 23 May. 6 police, 1 civilian killed 14 May in Maoist attack, Chattisgarh. Senior ISA official freed 3 May after 12 days in captivity. 4 Maoists killed 9 May in firefight in Tinsukia district of Assam. Opposition 31 May led nationwide strike protesting rising fuel prices.
| 1 May 2012
Maoist rebels 21 April abducted senior Indian Administrative Service official, demanded release of top cadres from prison, withdrawal of security forces from Bastar region of Chhattisgarh; abducted legislator Jhina Hikaka released 26 April after promising to resign; Italian hostage freed 12 April after month of captivity. 2 leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) killed 20 April in Bijapur landmine blast. 1 soldier, unconfirmed number of rebels killed 5 April in Latehar district. India 19 April successfully test-fired nuclear-capable long-range missile.
| 1 Apr 2012
15 Indian police killed 27 March in Maharashtra landmine blast. Central Bureau of Investigation 16 March reported 2010 killing of Maoist leader “Azad” genuine encounter, not execution in custody. 4 Maoists killed 5 March in clash with military in Jharkhand; rebel chief Kishenji’s reported successor arrested 1 March in Kolkata. 2 Italian tourists abducted 14 March by Maoist rebels in eastern state Odisha, one freed 25 March, demands include release of 14 Maoist prisoners. Tibetan exile 26 March self-immolated in New Delhi to protest visit of China PM Hu Jintao. Arrest warrants for 3 Iranians issued 15 March in connection with 13 Feb bombing of Israeli embassy.
| 1 Mar 2012
Car bomb targeting Israeli embassy in Delhi exploded 13 Feb wounded 4 (see Israel). Police 10 Feb said 4 officers killed in suspected Maoist attack in Orissa state, 11 Feb said Maoists planning major offensive against security forces in Jharkhand state.
| 1 Feb 2012
Authorities 3 Jan reported 1,500 violent Maoist rebel incidents in 2011, most in East where over 100,000 additional police, soldiers deployed. 3 police killed 5 Jan by alleged Maoist landmine in Kandhamal; 3 police killed by landmine in Jharkhand. 7 Maoists surrendered 30 Jan in Chhattisgarh.
| 1 Dec 2011
Govt said senior Maoist rebel Koteshwar Rao killed 24 Nov in gunfight in W Midnapore; Communist Party leader Gurudas Dasgupta and rights group said Rao assassinated. Suicide bomber died 30 Nov in Manipur blast, Kangleipak Communist Party militants suspected. Court 9 Nov convicted 31 people of killing dozens of Muslims during 2002 Gujarat riots, sentenced to life prison.
| 1 Nov 2011
3 troops killed 7 Oct in suspected Maoist IED explosion in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district; at least 6 police killed 21 Oct in ambush by Maoist insurgents in Bastar district.
| 1 Oct 2011
11 people killed, over 60 injured 7 Sept by bomb outside high court in Delhi; Home Minister said attack likely carried out by India-based terror group. PM Singh 6 Sept signed series of protocols during historic visit to Bangladesh.
"Bloody Wednesday", The Economist, 10 Sept. 2011
| 1 Aug 2011
At least 26 killed 13 July in series of bomb blasts in Mumbai; no claim of responjsibility, police suspect Indian Mujahideen militant group. Supreme Court 5 July ordered Chhattisgarh state govt to disband civilian anti-Maoist militias, including Salwa Judum militia, previously accused of rights abuses. Separatist Assamese militant group ULFA 12 July announced unilateral cesfire to favour ongoing peace talks with govt; Assam state govt welcomed declaration, urged breakaway ULFA commander Paresh Baruah to join peace process.
"Mumbai probe focuses on loca Indian terror group", AP, 26 July 2011.
| 1 Jun 2011
Maoists 3 May killed 11 police in Jharkhand landmine attack; 7 police in Chhattisgarh May; 12 May blew up house of Jharkhand MP Kameshwar Baitha, previously suspected of supporting Maoists. Police 1 May arrested 3 senior Maoist regional leaders in Bihar. In Assam, Congress party won May state elections, widely seen as endorsement of Congress’ pro-negotiation stance with ULFA separatist militants.
| 1 May 2011
Govt increased security in northeast ahead of Assam assembly elections, but polls passed relatively peacefully. 3 paramilitary troopers killed 2 Apr by KPLT militants in Karbi Anglong, Assam. 7 paramilitary troopers killed 15 Apr by unidentified gunmen in Manipur. Maoists urged boycott of Bihar local elections, 20 Apr killed 1 police, 1 civilian at polling station.
| 1 Apr 2011
Police 11 March killed Maoist
commander Sasadhar Mahato in West Bengal, wanted for May 2010 train attack that
killed some 150. 8 paramilitary troops killed in Assam
15 March, same day as bomb attack on local Congress party headquarters; police suspected Assamese separatist group NDFP, but no claim of responsibility.
| 1 Mar 2011
Govt halted offensive against Maoists in Orissa after rebels 17 Feb kidnapped 2 state officials; 1 official released 25 Feb after govt-Maoist negotiations. Paramilitary troops 8 Feb killed 1 Maoist local commander in Orissa. Home Minister Chidambaram 1 Feb said govt at “stalemate” with Maoists despite launch of large-scale anti-Maoist operation late 2009. Assam separatist militant group ULFA 6 Feb called for “unconditional” peace talks with govt; preliminary talks started 10 Feb.
| 1 Feb 2011
Supreme Court 14 Jan asked govt to investigate July death of top Maoist commander “Azad”, who rights groups allege was executed in custody by police. Police killed 9 Maoists in 9 Jan Orissa gun battle. Govt 5 Jan stated 2010 death toll highest ever in Maoist insurgency: 1,169 killed, including 713 civilians. Swami Aseemanand, influential ideologue of Hindu nationalist organisation RSS with strong ties to main opposition party BJP, early month allegedly confessed to planning 4 terrorist attacks previously blamed on Muslim groups, including Feb 2007 train bombing on Pakistani border that killed 68. BJP, RSS rejected confession as “coerced”; Aseemanand in custody awaiting trial.
| 3 Jan 2011
Maoists 17 Dec killed 7 supporters of pro-govt Forward Bloc party in West Bengal. Govt 14 Dec announced army will be deployed to new base in Chhattisgarh to assist police with anti-Maoist training. Govt 1 Jan released Assam separatist group ULFA leader Arabinda Rajkhowa from jail; Rajkhowa said open to “unconditional” peace talks with govt once rest of ULFA leadership released from prison.
| 1 Nov 2010
Maoists 4 Oct killed 4 police in Maharashtra; 3 paramilitary troops in Chhattisgarh 9 Oct. Govt 3 Oct claimed significant gains against Maoists since Nov 2009 launch of Operation Green Hunt: several top commanders killed or captured, more than 10,000 km2 of territory regained in worst-affected eastern states. Bangladeshi police 13 Oct arrested key leader of Manipur separatist group UNLF; more than 50 UNLF leaders arrested in Bangladesh since 2009.
“Maoists ponder over losses”, Hindu, 9 Oct. 2010.
| 1 Oct 2010
Maoists 13 Sept called 2-day
strike across 7 eastern states; 13 Sept killed 8, including 5 police in 3
separate attacks. Maoists 6 Sept released 3 of 4 police held in Bihar since
July, after killing fourth officer; 19 Sept in Chhattisgarh killed 3 police,
abducted 4, released 30 Sept. 6 rebels, 3 police killed 27 Sept in Jharkhand
clash. Some 15 United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) rebels in hiding in Bangladesh handed over to India late
month; govt said talks with ULFA to start within 2 months. In long-running
dispute over ownership of Babri mosque site in Uttar Pradesh, court 30 Sept
ruled site to be split between Muslims and Hindus.
| 1 Sep 2010
Police killed 5 Maoists in 4 Aug Chhattisgarh gun battle; suspected Maoists 5 Aug killed local Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Jharkhand. Govt 19 Aug rejected Maoist offer of talks and 3-month ceasefire in face of continued Maoist violence. Assam militant separatist group ULFA late July held first direct talks with govt since 1992; govt said meeting “constructive”, further talks planned.
| 1 Aug 2010
Police 2 July killed top Maoist leader “Azad” in Andhra Pradesh; Maoists 8 July killed 7, including 5 police, in string of attacks in eastern states. Govt 14 July set up “unified command” to coordinate, strengthen efforts against Maoists. More than 800 killed in Maoist violence during 2010, close to 2009 total. 5 police killed in 30 July Assam blast; separatist ULFA militant group claimed responsibility.
| 1 Jul 2010
Police during month arrested 2 Maoists suspected of May train derailment that killed 148, but Maoists continued to deny involvement. Maoists 29 June killed 26 police in Chhattisgarh; 18 June launched 4-day protest against security forces killing 8 rebels in West Bengal. Police claimed 1 officer, 10 Maoists killed in 24 June Jharkhand gun battle. Home minister Chidambaram 1 June offered Maoists “detailed roadmap” for negotiations; Maoists yet to respond.
| 1 Jun 2010
At least 147 civilians killed, scores injured after suspected Maoists 28 May derailed train in West Midnapore district, West Bengal; Maoists denied responsibility, but police claimed strong evidence. At least 35 civilians, police killed in 17 May bus bomb by Maoists in Danteweda district, Chhattisgarh; at least 20 reported killed in other attacks. Ruling Congress Party split on whether to launch air strikes against rebels. Protesters calling for govt to lift its ban on Nagaland rebel leader Thuingaleng Muivah entering Manipur continued to block supply roads to state. 6 suspected separatist rebels killed 14 May in Manipur near Myanmar border.
| 1 May 2010
Maoists 6 Apr killed 76 paramilitary troops in Danteweda district, Chhattisgarh ambush; worst single attack since Maoist insurgency began, raising concerns about effectiveness of govt’s large scale anti-Maoist “Operation Green Hunt” launched Nov 2009. Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram 7 Apr rejected opposition calls for deploying army against rebels, but did not rule out airstrikes. Maoists 4 Apr killed 10 police in Orissa landmine attack.
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