Medicaid Paid $12M For Illinois Dead

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They are still on the voter registrations roles and voting

Via Town Hall

The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo.

The memo dated Friday, which The Associated Press obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, says the state auditor compared clients enrolled in the Medicaid database last June with state death records dating back to 1970. Auditors identified overpayments for services to roughly 2,900 people after the date of their deaths.

The heads of the departments of Healthcare and Family Services and Human Services, the two state agencies involved with Medicaid payments, outline steps to fix the problem in the memo to their senior staffs.

The memo states that more than $7 million has been recovered and the rest is expected to be recouped by year’s end.

Sen. Dale Righter, a Republican from Mattoon and the Senate GOP’s point person on Medicaid reform, said the finding was further evidence that Democrats’ arguments that they have done all they can to clean up the Medicaid rolls is “empty rhetoric.”

“It’s disappointing and somewhat enraging for taxpayers, but it’s not surprising,” Righter said. “I wish this administration would spend more time trying to solve the problems rather than trying to convince taxpayers that they’ve already solved them.”

Gov. Pat Quinn’s office didn’t immediately respond to phone and email messages seeking comment.

Republicans have pressed for the state to use a private company to verify Medicaid eligibility. Maximus Health Services was hired to scrub state Medicaid rolls following 2012 Medicaid-reform legislation. Republicans have said the company was achieving a Medicaid eligibility-removal rate of 40 percent.

But the contract between the company and Gov. Pat Quinn ended last year, and the work was shifted to state employees, after the state’s largest public-employee union objected and an arbitrator ruled the contract should end.

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Pope Francis Calls For End Of Attacks On Christians In Islamic Countries In Easter Message…

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Amen.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity’s most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.

Well over 150,000 tourists — Romans and pilgrims, young and old — turned out for the Mass that Francis celebrated at an altar set up under a canopy on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica.

So great were their numbers that they overflowed from sprawling St. Peter’s Square, which was bedecked with row after row of potted daffodils, sprays of blue hyacinths and bunches of white roses. Waving flags from the pope’s native Argentina as well as from Brazil, Mexico, Britain, Poland and many other countries, they also filled the broad boulevard leading from the square to the Tiber River.

Easter is the culmination of Holy Week and marks Christian belief that Jesus rose from the dead after his crucifixion.

Francis noted that this year the Catholic church’s celebration of Easter coincided with that of Orthodox churches, which have many followers in Ukraine.

Francis prayed that God would “enlighten and inspire the initiatives that promote peace in Ukraine, so that all those involved, with the support of the international community, will make every effort to prevent violence.”

Francis also prayed that all sides in Syria will be moved to “boldly negotiate the peace long awaited and long overdue.” Syria has been wracked by a three-year civil war that has cost 150,000 lives and forced millions to flee the country.

Christians make up about 5 percent of Syria’s population. In comments to mark Easter there, the Greek Orthodox patriarch vowed that Christians there “will not submit” to extremists who attack “our people and holy places.”

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For What Does Our Republic Stand?

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The Republic took a stand at the Bundy Ranch.

Via Allen B. West

The question for us as Americans — residents of a Constitutional Republic — is for what does this Republic stand?

This week we learned 61 percent of Americans believe our president lies anywhere from some to most of the time. That poll was revealed the day before President Obama took to the White House podium for an unannounced press conference asserting that we now have 8 million Americans signed up for Obamacare — whatever that means.

In an interview granted to CBS reporter Major Garrett — one of many interviews CBS always seems to get — President Obama stated there would be “consequences” for any further military action by Russia in the Ukraine. I seem to remember him saying there would be “consequences” for Syrian President Bashar al Assad for using chemical weapons and that he had to go – but then again that “red line” seemed to be bleached out.

Apparently the only real confirmed consequences emanating from the Obama administration are against his declared political enemies — and guys in cowboy hats. They receive the full brunt of the tactics of force, coercion, and intimidation from designated Obama government agencies, be it IRS or BLM.

And speaking of the IRS, seems they blew a deadline this week to have their computer systems upgraded, at a cost of somewhere near $11 million for the American taxpayer. What would happen to us simple working stiffs if we missed the April 15th deadline to pay our tribute to the government?

Mind you, I don’t have a problem with “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” to a point, but doggone, I’m kinda getting tired of the wasteful spending and the expansion of the welfare nanny-state. I’ve grown disgusted by the use of my taxpayer dollars as largesse by which politicians — especially liberal progressives — bribe the public for their vote. If I hear the president mention “infrastructure repair” one more time, I will need to repair the infrastructure in my home when I destroy my television.

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CIA Drone Airstrike Kills 10 Al-Qaeda Fighters In Yemen…

Via CNN:

A drone strike in Yemen on Saturday killed at least 10 suspected al Qaeda militants but also inadvertently resulted in the deaths of three civilian day laborers, a high-level Yemeni government official told CNN.

The strike targeted a pickup in al-Hazemiyah district of al-Bayda province, three Yemeni Defense Ministry sources said. The militants were heading to neighboring Shabwa province, a hotbed for al Qaeda, they said.

“The truck targeted carried 11 militants. The targeting came while they were in transit after leaving a training site. Ten were killed and one was injured,” the government official said on the condition of anonymity.

A civilian truck carrying five day laborers was also hit in the strike, the official said. Three died and two were wounded.

A casualty toll released earlier by the three Yemen Defense Ministry officials was slightly higher, with 12 suspected militants and three civilians reportedly killed.

“The militants were on a coordinating mission, and we have had our eyes on them for quite a while now,” a senior ministry official told CNN on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to media.

Report: Black Congressman Accused Clinton White House Of Racially Profiling Him

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Sounds like actual profiling, but will we hear the calls of racisssst? Of course not, Progressive Democrats problem with race…Media, clean up, aisle 4!

Via Breitbart:

A prominent black member of Congress and a longtime civil rights leader accused the Clinton White House of racially profiling him when he tried to meet Vice President Al Gore in 1993.

As documents the Clinton Library released on Friday revealed, an October 5, 1993, memo noted that the Secret Service asked Rep. Louis Stokes (D-OH) “for identification, although his white driver was not.”

Stokes, who served in Congress for 30 years and was a Clinton ally on domestic initiatives, was “understandably furious.”

“Furthermore, before Rep. Stokes was allowed in the gate, a K-9 detail searched his car,” the memo said. “Rep. Stokes is understandably furious and believes the search to be racially motivated.”

White House officials, according to the memo, “spoke at length” with David Watkins, the White House director of administration, about the matter.

“David has taken steps to insure that in the future members of Congress driving into the White House will be admitted expeditiously and will be treated with respect,” the memo stated.

Happy Easter!…

From my family to yours, have a happy and safe Easter.

John 11:25-26:

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

Russell Brand, Millionaire Obama Supporter Can’t Be Bothered To Pay Public Transportation Fares

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Via Daily Mail:

Multimillionaire comedian Russell Brand has made a fresh bid to bolster his revolutionary image… by boasting that he dodged a train fare.

The comedian has admitted jumping the barrier on a journey from London to Chelmsford in Essex, saving him from a £14.90 hit to his estimated £15million fortune.

He claimed that he didn’t make the effort to pull out his credit card at the ticket office because he ‘couldn’t be bothered with the rigmarole of getting one’.

Brand has come under fire for his vocal espousal of revolutionary socialist politics while enjoying a luxury lifestyle including stays at the Savoy in London and the purchase of a sumptuous home in the Hollywood Hills.

He claims that his vast wealth has not changed him.

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OFA Claims GOP ‘War On Women’, Sends Out Email Featuring Ted Kennedy

Let’s remember the real “War on Women” by Ted Kennedy, who treated women like pieces of meat for his own pleasure for umpteen years, famous for the doing the “sandwich” on unsuspecting unwilling waitresses in restaurants with fellow Senator and misogynist pig Chris Dodd.

Even more famous for driving his car off a bridge with Mary Jo Kopechne in it, leaving her to drown, trapped in the car, and not reporting it till the next morning.

But yeah, let’s talk about “binders of women”.

HT: Twitchy

7 W&L Students Demand Removal Of Confederate Flags, Decry View Of Lee’s Legacy

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Latest tactic, pick a school and demand they remove “offensive symbols”, provide birth control(Fluke) or change the school song.

Via The Roanoke Times

Some Washington & Lee University law students want the university to live by its honor code and stop glorifying its namesake by acknowledging the dishonorable side of both Robert E. Lee and W&L.

Seven multiracial students, calling themselves The Committee, have demanded that W&L remove the flags of the Confederacy from the campus and Lee Chapel, acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery, recognize Martin Luther King Day on the undergraduate campus and ban neo-Confederates from marching across campus to the chapel on Lee-Jackson Day.

If their demands are not met by Sept. 1, they will engage in civil disobedience.

University President Kenneth Ruscio on Wednesday issued a letter to the W&L community that said “we take these students’ concerns seriously. The issues they have raised are important, and we intend to address them.”

Ruscio said W&L invites a prominent speaker during MLK Legacy Week; the undergraduate faculty decides whether classes are held on MLK day; the eight battle flags in Lee Chapel, representing armies of the Confederate States of America, are educational and historical, and the university does not observe Lee-Jackson Day.

His message did not indicate whether W&L would meet any of the students’ demands, but that he invited them to meet with the University Committee on Inclusiveness and Campus Climate that has been holding focus groups on these same issues.

The students said that they emailed the committee four days ago and had yet to hear a response.

Washington & Lee last fall announced W&L Promise, a program that covers tuition for students whose families earn less than $75,000 a year as a way to broaden the student body diversity along “social-economic, geographical, racial, ethnic — the widest possible use of the term,” Ruscio said then. The private school in Lexington, among the nation’s first universities, has in recent years promoted itself as an inclusive, diverse institution.

Anjelica Hendricks and Dominik Taylor, two of the seven law students who formed the protest committee, said they bought into W&L’s message at first. Both grew up in Virginia and understand the culture but also know that history needs to be presented in its context.

“As a native of Virginia, I understand that every prestigious school in Virginia is named after a slave owner. I went to James Madison University,” Hendricks said. “JMU was very comfortable. The name of the institution didn’t matter. It was all about the atmosphere.”

She found W&L and Lexington welcoming when she visited, but the experience soured immediately upon moving in.

“During orientation we had to go inside Lee Chapel and sign an honor contract to uphold our honor according to the honor of Robert E. Lee,” she said. Signing that contract in the shadow of a slave owner, and beneath plaques honoring Confederate soldiers and battle flags bowing to a movement to keep black people enslaved is hurtful, she said.

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British Teenager Killed Waging Jihad In Syria…

One less terrorist the Brits need to worry about.

Via BBC:

A British teenager who “died in battle” in Syria has been described as a “martyr” by his father.

Sussex Police said they received information on Monday that 18-year-old Abdullah Deghayes, from Brighton, had been killed “in recent weeks”.

The foreign secretary has urged Britons not to fight in Syria and police say they face arrest on their return.

But Abubaker Deghayes said his son was in Syria with his two brothers to fight a “dictator” and was not a terrorist.

At his home in Brighton, Abubaker Deghayes said he had heard of his son Abdullah’s death though Facebook.

He said: “As far as I know, Abdullah went to Syria – without my consent or his mother’s consent – to fight in Syria against the dictator [President Bashar al-Assad].

“He was killed in a battle, as far as I know.”

He said one of Abdullah’s brothers, Amer, 20, suffered a bullet wound to the stomach in the battle, while another brother, Jafar, 16, was unhurt.

Hollywood Moonbat Roseanne Lost Weight And Wants You Know About It

I no longer fantasize about women ….

Liz Warren Fills Void For Democrats As Hillary Stays On The Sidelines

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How much Wampum has Liz kept for herself?

Via The Hill

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has emerged as one of the top fundraisers for Senate Democratic candidates in the midterm election campaign, filling a void left by the absence of Hillary Clinton.

Warren, who was elected to her first term in 2012, has already raised more than $2.3 million for Senate Democratic candidates this election cycle, according to her staff. She has also transferred $100,000 from her campaign account to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).

“She’s the biggest draw so far,” said a Senate Democratic campaign aide, referring to Warren’s knack for getting donors to open up their checkbooks.

A senior Senate Democratic aide agreed with that assessment.

Clinton is one of the few Democrats who can match Warren’s ability to excite the party base, but she has stayed on the sidelines while focusing on a memoir that is due out in June. Last year, Clinton campaigned only for New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D).

Warren, by contrast, has given more than $180,000 to Senate Democratic candidates and colleagues through her leadership political action committee, PAC for a Level Playing Field, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.

The recipients of her largess include vulnerable incumbents such as Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), who each received contributions totaling $10,000.

“She’s stepping into a vacuum, which politics abhors,” said Peter Ubertaccio, a political science professor at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. “Clinton is the leading woman in her party. Warren is someone who is competing for that role.

“Warren has become a much greater factor in the Democratic Party than anyone could have foreseen just a couple of years ago,” he added.

Democratic donors in the Boston area, a major fundraising hub, take their cues from Warren on which candidates to support.

“I went to a fundraiser for Sen. [John] Walsh [D-Mont.] and it was very clear from the hosts that even though she wasn’t there, her name was invoked several times as being a person who was being supportive of Sen. Walsh and wanted us all of us to be supportive of Sen. Walsh,” said Scott Ferson, a Boston-based Democratic strategist. “So she’s been a very effective gatekeeper of the Boston money.”

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Clinton Docs From 90s Reveal They Were Worried Internet Would Allow “Unregulated Data” To Get “Out To All”

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That would be worrisome, wouldn’t it? An unregulated Internet that could be a haven for free thought and a challenge to the liberal media orthodoxy. Can’t have that…

Via Breitbart:

Just ahead of a possible Hillary run for the presidency, the Clinton Library released a new load of documents from President Bill Clinton’s years in the White House. One of those documents attempts to explain Hillary’s “vast right-wing conspiracy” claim in which the Clinton administration accused Republican staffers of colluding with “extremists” on the Internet to hurt the Clintons.

On January 27, 1998, Hillary Clinton appeared on NBC’s Today Show. During her interview with Matt Lauer, she claimed that a “vast right-wing conspiracy” had been trying to destroy her husband “since the day he announced for president.”

That interview drew a lot of raised eyebrows and became a joke for years afterward. Hillary’s accusation became such a hot-button issue that Clinton’s White House felt it had to defend itself and drew up a full 28-page report to “prove” that there was, indeed, a “vast right-wing conspiracy.” This conspiracy was brewing, supposedly, among conservative think tanks, in conservative newspapers, and on that newfangled Internet thing, as all were colluding with the GOP to undermine the President.

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Top French Socialist Economist Say He Has Been Working With Obama And The Democrats “For A Long Time”…

Shocker.

Via France 24:

In his latest book, French economist Thomas Piketty warns that modern-day capitalism leads to unsustainable levels of inequality. While he is often linked to France’s Socialist Party, his writings have made him unusually popular in the US.

Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” has only just been translated into English – several weeks ahead of schedule, due to popular demand – and the New York Times’s star columnist Paul Krugman has already described it as “the most important economics book of the year — and maybe of the decade”.

The French economist’s current US book tour is turning into something of a red carpet event. So far this week, he has met the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors as well as Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.

“The Democratic Party, especially the Obama administration, has been in contact with us and using our findings for a long time,” Piketty told AFP in Washington.

On Wednesday evening, he was due to give a conference at the City University of New York, along with economics Nobel Prize laureates Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman.

Capitalism’s inherent flaws

In “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”, Piketty warns that free-market economies will see ever growing concentration of wealth in the hands of those who already hold capital.

“When the rate of return on capital exceeds the rate of growth of output and income, as it did in the nineteenth century and seems quite likely to do again in the twenty-first, capitalism automatically generates arbitrary and unsustainable inequalities that radically undermine the meritocratic values on which democratic societies are based,” he wrote.

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US Synagogue Network Urges Jews Not To Walk Home Alone

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I would urge them to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Via JPost

The National Council of Young Israel has urged synagogue goers not to walk home alone during the final days of the Passover holiday.

The security precaution is one of several emailed to those affiliated with the national modern orthodox synagogue network this week in response to the recent shooting attack at a Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas.

Jewish community centers, synagogues and other institutions around the country boosted their security last week following the attack, in which Klansman Frazier Glenn Cross killed three people, including a teenage boy.

Police have increased their presence at Jewish sites in both New York and Washington and senior Jewish communal officials have consulted with both the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.

“Don’t walk home alone late at night. Always walk with a buddy,” NCYI’s Ari Matityahu recommended to affiliate communities.

Other security precautions suggested include not letting strangers into synagogues, employing the “Run/Hide/Fight model of active shooter response” and securing trash cans so that “bombs can’t be hidden in them.”

Justice Antonin Scalia: If Taxes Become Too High, “Perhaps You Should Revolt”

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Of course, if you take an originalist view of the Constitution, then taxes are pretty much anathema to you. The Founders would choke if they saw the current taxes.

Via Washington Times:

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told a group of law students that it might be a good idea to revolt if taxes become too high in the future.

While speaking at the University of Tennessee College of Law on Tuesday, Justice Scalia was asked by a student about his interpretation of the constitutionality of the income tax, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported

The longest-serving justice currently on the bench answered the student by saying that the government has the constitutional right to implement the tax, “but if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt.”

Justice Scalia continued to tell the students that they have every right to express criticism of the government.

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CAIR Claims Mosques Are “Vulnerable To Terrorist Attacks,” Urges Them To Apply For DHS Grant Money…

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Do jihadi work accidents count as terrorist attacks?

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/17/14) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is urging mosques and Muslim institutions nationwide to consider applying for funds available through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP).

The program is designed to assist nonprofit organizations that are vulnerable to terrorist attacks with procuring and installing security equipment to enhance safety.

The NSGP application process opened March 18, 2014, and may be found on the FEMA website. The deadline for submitting the application is May 23, 2014 11:59 p.m. EDT.

What The Heck Is This American Plane, Owned By The Bank Of Utah, Doing In Iran?

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Quick cash run from Harry Reid?

Via Daily Caller:

On Tuesday morning, a plane owned in trust by the Bank of Utah showed up in a very visible area of the Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, the capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

What was it doing there exactly? Nobody knows, reports The New York Times.

Under President Barack Obama, the United States has eased some of the long-standing punitive economic sanctions against Iran. Still, very little American — or European — economic activity is allowed inside the religious theocracy.

The Bank of Utah is certainly no Wells Fargo. The Ogden-based community bank has all of 13 branches including three in Ogden, two in Salt Lake City and one in Trementon (pop. 7,647). Its humble motto is: “Experience. Service.”

The bank’s senior officials say they are baffled.

“We have no idea why that plane was at that airport,” Brett King, a Bank of Utah executive in Salt Lake City, told the Times.

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Wisconsin Public Sector Unions Still Losing Members

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He gave the workers a choice.

Via Washington Examiner

Wisconsin’s public sector unions continue to struggle to retain members in the wake of Gov. Scott Walker’s reforms, new Labor Department filings indicate. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 48, one of the union’s four main branches in the state, has seen its membership slip to just 3,405 by the end of 2013. It had more than 9,000 members as recently as 2010.

Walker’s reforms ended the state’s practice of automatically deducting membership dues from public sector workers on behalf of their union and for the first time, allowed those workers to opt out of being union members. Effectively, he applied right-to-work rules to those unions. The reforms also required the unions to submit to annual recertification votes and limited collective bargaining to just wages.

Many members took advantage of those reforms and left. Council 48′s membership fell to just over 6,000 in 2011, the year the reforms were enacted. The following year, it fell to 3,498. The only good news for the union is that 2013′s losses, just 93 members, weren’t as steep as the previous years.

The reforms also had a serious impact on the union’s finances. It reported total assets of over $2 million in 2010, but just $778,855 for 2013. A spokesperson for the council could not be reached for comment.

The overall number of public sector union members in the Badger State is not clear, though. Current data for AFSCME’s other three main state branches was not available. Only private sector unions are required to make the federal filings, called “LM-2s,” which include their membership numbers. Council 48 had to file one because while it mostly represents state employees, it does also have some private sector members.

Another branch, AFSCME Council 40, has made filings in the past. It reported having 31,730 members at the end of 2010. That dropped to 29,777 the following year and was just 20,488 by the end of 2012.

Overall union membership in the state is up, though. The Labor Department reported in January that it was 12.3 percent, up from 11.2 percent the year before. These numbers include public and private sector members.

Jihadi Work Accident: Six Taliban IED Emplacers Killed When Roadside Bomb Detonates Prematurely…

Feel good story of the day.

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Up to six Taliban insurgents were killed Saturday in a blast in eastern Afghan province of Ghazni, police said.
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“A local Taliban leader named Mullah Saddiq, along with five militias, were killed after improvised explosive devices (IEDs) they were building went off prematurely in Khoshak locality of the provincial capital Ghazni city at around morning,” deputy provincial police chief Asadullah Insafi told Xinhua.

The killed militants planned to use the IEDs to target security forces.

“Local people tried to stop the militants from entering the holly place but failed. The mosque building was destroyed in the explosion but no civilian was hurt in the incident,” he noted.

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