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India's business capital siege finally over after massive operation

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Nov 29, IRNA
India-Mumbai Siege
With the end of the NSG Commando operation Saturday Morning in Taj Hotel, the siege of India's business capital is finally over after massive operations of 60 hours after terrorists struck at various locations on Wednesday night.

The land mark Taj Hotel has been freed from the clutches of terrorists today morning after 60 hours after a band of terrorists struck at various locations on Wednesday Night.

Three terrorists have been killed in the commando operation after night long intense gun battle. With this the biggest commando operation against terrorism in the country has come to a close.

The Director General of NSG J K Dutt told reporters outside Taj Hotel this morning that the operation will continue in the hotel for some more time to carry out combing. The operation will ensure that no one is trapped inside the hotel now.

Two unidentified bodies have also been recovered from the lobby of the hotel besides an AK Rifle.

Over 60 explosions struck Taj during the operation causing substantial damage to some portions of the historic hotel.

The forces had secured the other luxury hotel Trident Oberoi and a Jewish Center Friday while maintaining that a lone gunman continued to hold inside the Taj Hotel at the end of the pitched combat that left 30 hostages dead.

After nearly 40 hours of intense gun battle, security forces finally met some success as the DG-NSG announced that the Trident was fully cleared and sanitized on Friday and that most of the hostages numbering 148 have been rescued from the Oberoi.

Success came soon after the commandos gunned down two terrorists holed up at the five star hotels, however not before there were 32 casualties in total, including that of the two militants.

The commando operation against the terrorists at Nariman House ended on Friday night.

NSG set off huge explosions to ensure no terrorist escaped and combed the building to ensure no more terrorists were left inside.

However, five hostages and two terrorists were found dead inside the building. A Jewish rabbi and his wife were among the dead at Nariman House. Earlier, seven hostages were taken out from the building.

Meanwhile, four top police officials, including Mumbai Police Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, were among the 16 policemen killed as security forces took on terrorists in Mumbai in the early hours of Thursday, authorities said.

Two Indian Police Service (IPS) officers - additional police commissioners Ashok Kamte and Sadanand Date - were killed in separate gun battles with terrorists following a series of attacks in India's financial capital, the officials said.

Mumbai Police 'encounter specialist' Vijay Salaskar were also shot dead in another gun battle.

One Marine Commando Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan and NSG's Commando Chandar were killed at the Taj on Friday.

At least 160 have been killed in the Mumbai encounter, including 16 policemen and 13 foreigners and 327 people have been injured.

Fourteen militants were killed, while one has been captured.

The places attacked by terrorists in Mumbai, Trident (Oberoi) Hotel, Taj Hotel, Nariman House, Wadi Bunder, Cama hospital, GT hospital, VT station, Bootleggers pub, Girgaum and Metro cinema.

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