Standoff Over at Mumbai's Taj Hotel

By: AP
By: AP

MUMBAI, India - Commandos killed two remaining militants making a last stand at the Taj Mahal hotel Saturday, Police Chief Hasan Ghafoor said, marking the end of one of the most brazen terror attacks in India’s history.

The fight was marked by sporadic gunfire and grenade blasts and culminated in a burst of fire and smoke from the the landmark hotel. It came less than a day after elite troops stormed a Jewish outreach center and found six hostages dead.

"The Taj operation is over. The last two terrorist holed up there have been killed," Ghafoor told The Associated Press.

The violence started Wednesday when assailants attacked 10 sites across Mumbai, India’s financial capital. More than 150 people were killed, including 15 foreigners.

Authorities are working to find out who was behind the attacks, claimed by a previously unknown group of suspected Islamic militants calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen.

Earlier Saturday, Indian forces had been targeting the landmark Taj Mahal hotel with grenades and gunfire as suspected Muslim militants made a last stand, just hours after elite commandos stormed a Jewish outreach center and found six hostages dead.

The bodies of New York Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, Rivkah, were found at the Jewish center. Their newly orphaned son, Moshe, who turns 2 on Saturday, was scooped up by an employee Thursday as she fled the building.

Authorities scrambled to identify those responsible for the unprecedented attack, with Indian officials pointing across the border at rival Pakistan, and Pakistani leaders promising to cooperate in the investigation. A team of FBI agents was ordered to fly to India to investigate the attacks.


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