We mourn the loss of Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holzberg during the terrorist attack in India
MUMBAI, India (CNN)Â — Security forces believe one gunman is still holed up inside a luxury hotel in Mumbai as it appears military operations against the terrorist gang are winding down at two other sites.
Gunfire and a large explosion were heard at the Taj Mahal hotel early Saturday as commandos continued their operation.
As the death toll from two days of violence rose to 160, details of some of those killed were emerging including Indian police and military, a rabbi, an American father and teen daughter, and a British yacht magnate.
The bodies of five hostages were found at the Chabad House Jewish center where commandos stormed the building through a hole blasted in the wall.
After several hours of gunfire and explosions from inside all went quiet and CNN’s senior international correspondent Nic Robertson said it appeared the operation was over.
The death toll from attacks in nine locations was 160 — including three Germans, an Italian, an Australian and one Chinese among the at least 15 foreigners killed — with a further 327 injured.
Maharashtra state official Bhushan Gagrani said the death toll is expected to rise further and includes civilians, 16 police and two commandos. Eleven terrorists have also been killed.
Earlier, police said they had cleared the Oberoi Hotel, killing two militants and freeing hundreds of trapped guests. They found 36 bodies and were searching the building.Â
The killed Americans identified as Alan Scherr, 58, and his daughter Naomi, 13, from Virginia died at the Oberoi. They were visiting India with a meditation group.Â Read more about those killed in the terror attacks
Violence continued at the Taj Mahal Hotel — where one gunmen was reportedly still holed up.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor told CNN-IBN, CNN’s sister channel in India, the gunman was shooting and throwing grenades at security forces.
Gafoor said most of the attackers had been heavily armed. “They were carrying an AK-assault rifle, one or two hand guns, and grenades.”
Throughout the day there were explosions, some blowing out windows at the 105-year-old landmark. Some guests have been able to get out of the building.Â
Meanwhile, Pranab Mukherjee, the external affairs minister for Maharashtra state, where Mumbai is located, said the preliminary investigation “indicates that some elements in Pakistan are involved.”
“I can’t tell you the details since the investigation is going on,” he said. “Until the investigation is complete, it will be difficult to say where they came from and how they came.”
Indian Prime MinisterÂ Manmohan SinghÂ also indicated the gunmen came from Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, in a telephone call with his Pakistani counterpart Friday.
In response, Pakistani Prime MinisterÂ Yousuf Raza GilaniÂ said he would send the chief of his country’s intelligence agency to help with the investigation.
A British security source told CNN that British security officials are investigating why two bodies believed to be those of terrorists were found with British identification documents.
The gunmen were young men in their 20s who “obviously had to be trained somewhere,” a member of the Indian navy’s commando unit said Friday.Â
They fired at guests “with no remorse” and knew the layout of the hotels well enough to “vanish” after confronting security forces, the commando said.
“Not everybody can fire the AK series of weapons, not everybody can throw a grenade like that,” the commando said outside the Taj hotel. “It is obvious that they were trained somewhere.”
The shell-shocked city woke Friday to television images of Indian soldiers rappelling down ropes from military choppers on to the roof of Chabad House, which houses the Mumbai headquarters of the Chabad community, a Hasidic Jewish movement.
The Chabad-Lubavitch International group said Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg, 29, made a phone call to the Israeli Consulate to report gunmen in the house. “In the middle of the conversation the line went dead,” the organization said. His wife, Rivka, 28, was also killed.
The couple’s toddler son, Moshe, escaped with his nanny, the organization said in a written statement.Â
The bodies of three other hostages were found in the building. Two gunmen died in the battle at Chabad House, CNN-IBN reported.
The identity of the attackers remained a mystery. Police said they came by boats to the waterfront near the Gateway of India monument and the two hotels.
Indian naval and coast guard investigators have determined that two vessels recently seized in the Arabian Sea have no links to the Mumbai attacks. A fishing trawler, however, remains in custody.
The Press Trust of India, citing Union Cabinet Minister Kapil Sibal, reported the gunmen had worked for months to prepare, even setting up “control rooms” in the two luxury hotels that were targeted.
Indian authorities said no one had claimed responsibility, although the Deccan Mujahideen took credit in e-mails sent to several Indian news outlets.
InterpolÂ said it would send a delegation to India, and the American FBI want to send a team but India has not officially asked for their help.
3 thoughts on “Mumbai Commandos hunt 'last gunman'”
The left leaning media and assorted foppish western governments are still trying to avoid the Islam/Muslim terrorist scenario. You can’t hold a lid down on a boiling pot for long, radical Islam take note!. You will be crushed!
Lionheart Says: November 29th, 2008 at 12:56 am
You canâ€™t hold a lid down on a boiling pot for long, radical Islam take note!. You will be crushed!
IT WILL BE THE GREATEST HUMILIATION IN HISTORY. CALLING SOMEONE A MUSLIM WILL BE THE SAME AS CALLING THEM A COWARDLY, MURDEROUS, BESTIAL SAVAGE.
If as seems extremely likely a large number of the Terrorist Scum in Mumbai turn our to be British Pakistani scum then the UK Government should take whatever measures are necessary to stop ALL Pakistani travel from UK or maybe not stop them leaving just stop them ever returning and send their families to join them in the Islamic cesspit that is Pakistan0. Think this is harsh why??? ALL the Terrorist atrocities committed in UK have been made by Pakistani Muslim scum 7/7 , Glasgow Airport car bombs , liquid bombs plot on planes and ALL the Terrorist Scum who have been jailed for failed plots too.
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