Indian commandoes kill last 3 gunmen at hotel – Yahoo! News
Indian commandoes killed the last three gunman at a landmark hotel late Thursday and were sweeping another luxury hotel in search of hostages and trapped people after suspected Muslim militants stormed targets across Mumbai, leaving 119 people dead.
Meanwhile, eight hostages were freed from the headquarters of a Jewish outreach group, according to an official of the Maharashtra state home department, speaking on customary condition of anonymity. However, it was unclear if any others remained inside the ultra-orthodox Chabad Lubavitch offices.
Gunfire and explosions could be heard well into the night from the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels, two of the city’s top gathering spots for the Mumbai elite, as well as at Jewish group’s center. Throughout the day, commandoes brought hostages, trapped guests and corpses from the hotels in small groups.
The gunmen’s main targets appeared to be Americans, Britons and Jews, though most of the dead seemed to be Indians and foreign tourists caught in random gunfire.
But clearly the gunmen — some of whom strode casually through their targets in khakis and T-shirts — came ready for a siege.
“They have AK-47s and grenades. They have bags full of grenades and have come fully prepared,” said Maj. Gen. R.K. Hooda.
“The situation is still not under control and we are trying to flush out any more terrorists hiding inside the two hotels,” said Vilasrao Deshmukh, chief minister of Maharashtra state which is home to Mumbai.
(…) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh blamed militants from neighboring countries — usually meaning Pakistan — raising fears of renewed tension between the nuclear-armed rivals.
“It is evident that the group which carried out these attacks, based outside the country, had come with single-minded determination to create havoc in the commercial capital of the country,” he said in a televised address.
The attacks show the terrorists have changed their strategies:
A group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the attacks but little is known of it.
The men were of South Asian appearance and reportedly spoke Hindi, indicating they originated in India.
Attacks over recent years have seen a variety of different groups named, particularly the Indian Mujahideen who had apparently threatened to attack Mumbai in September, claiming that Muslims had been harassed.
The authorities have often pointed the finger at the Students’ Islamic Movement of India, believing that other groups like the Indian Mujahideen are a front for this banned organisation.
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