Terrorists speak Punjabi, pretend to be from Hyderabad: Army

November 27th, 2008 - 11:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Nov 27 (IANS) More than 10-12 terrorists are still hiding in the three places where fierce fighting is raging on with security forces and the attackers ere conversing in Punjabi language, a senior army officer supervising the operations here said Thursday evening.He said one arrested terrorist is from Faridkot in Pakistan. He also said the men feigned their identity by pretending to be from Hyderabad.

“We believe that 10-12 militants are still inside the buildings,” Major General R.K. Hooda, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa Area, told reporters. “Five-six militants could be in the Taj Hotel and three-four in Oberoi Trident hotel. The rest five could be in Nariman House.”

“In the message intercepted by us when the terrorists were interacting between Nairman House and the Taj Hotel, we found that they spoke in Punjabi language. They were trying to pretend to be from Hyderabad,” Hooda said.

The senior army officer said the gunbattle was still on between the security agencies and terrorists at the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel and Nariman House, which are under siege since Wednesday night.

Asked if the terrorists are from any foreign country, he said: “All we can say is that one arrested terrorist is from Pakistan’s Faridkot.”

He said at least 35 people, who had locked themselves in their rooms at the Oberoi Trident, have been rescued.

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