Indian forces gain control of hotel, rescue hostages
Indian commandos on Friday ended a 41-hour siege at the Oberoi-Trident hotel in financial hub of Mumbai by killing two suspected Islamic militants and rescuing a number of hostages, reported dpa.
"Both the Oberoi and Trident are under our full control. Two terrorists were killed in the encounter and some pistols and hand-grenades have been recovered from the scene," JK Dutt, Director General of the elite National Security Guard commandos told reporters.
He declined to go into the details of the possible number of victims or the number of trapped people and hostages freed after the operations.
Dutt who spearheaded the anti-terrorist operations after they sneaked into the city on Wednesday night killing 125 people said forces were now searching every room in the hotel to search for hidden guests and defuse any live grenades.
Meanwhile, the security forces were still confronting militants at two other crisis locations including the Taj Hotel and the Nariman Building.
Three Muslim militants were believed to be holding an unspecified number of hostages, including Israeli nationals in the Nariman Building.
Intermittent gun-fire was also being heard at the Taj Hotel where security forces were battling an injured militant.
Mostly all people and guests had been evacuated from the hotel in operations since Thursday.