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In pictures: Iranian twins die
Ladan and Laleh Bijani at their step-father's house in Karaj, 46 kilometres from Tehran.
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Ladan and Laleh Bijani - aged 15 in this photograph - were full of ambitions for their future
Ladan and Laleh Bijani - Conjoined twins
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Aged 29, they arrived in Singapore for their operation full of hope - but also apprehensive of the risks
Bahar Niko, a Singapore-based Iranian woman, kisses the twins before the operation
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Singapore-based Iranian, Bahar Niko, kissed her new-found friends good luck as they prepared for the operation
View of the theatre at Raffles Hospital
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A team of 28 doctors and 100 medical assistants were involved in the unprecedented surgery, which lasted 53 hours
Members of Singapore's Iranian community before the death of the sisters
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Singapore's Iranian community gathered to pray as the operation entered a critical phase
A spokesman for Raffles Hospital, Prem Nair, announces that the doctors has successfully separated the Iranian twins
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There was hope as a hospital spokesman announced the completion of the most critical phase - re-routing a shared vein
Hospital chairman, Dr Loo Choon Yong (L) and neurosurgeon Keith Goh (R) hold a press conference
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But optimism was short-lived and hospital staff said their attempts had ended in failure
Shahin Azimi, an Iranian friend of Ladan and Laleh Bijani, weeps as she listens to Raffles Hospital officials confirm that both twins had died
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Summing up the mood: Shahin Azimi, an Iranian friend of the twins, wept in grief as the deaths were confirmed
Golnaz Safaian, the adopted sister of Laleh and Ladan, weeps as she watches a video image of the twins as children on television in Tehran,
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In Tehran, the twins' adopted sister wept as she watched a video of Ladan and Laleh

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