Taj Mahal Hotel Cleared of Terrorists: India

American rabbi, wife remain hostage at Jewish group's headquarters
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2008 2:05 PM CST
Taj Mahal Hotel Cleared of Terrorists: India
Indian soldiers keep watch on the Taj Mahal hotel where gunmen are holed up in Mumbai early Friday.   (AP Photo)

India’s National Security Guard has killed all the terrorist gunmen holed up in Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Hotel, IBN Live reports. Security forces continue to battle the terrorists at the Hotel Oberoi Trident, where at least 30 hostages are still being held. Paramilitary units are preparing to mount a massive push into the hotel this evening.

Eight hostages held at the headquarters of a Jewish group were freed, although American rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife were not among them, Bloomberg reports. Sandra Samuel, a cook at the Chabad-Lubavitch Center who earlier rescued the couple’s 2-year-old son, said he last saw Holtzberg and his wife lying “unconscious” in the building. (More terrorist stories.)

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