Army storms Mumbai’s besieged five-star hotels

November 27th, 2008 - 4:51 am ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Nov 27 (IANS) Indian Army personnel early Thursday stormed the two besieged five-star hotels in Mumbai to nab terrorists who had left at least 78 dead hours earlier and to free a number of people including foreign tourists held captive there, officials said.Mumbai’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) team was already at the Hotel Taj Intercontinental where the holed-up terrorists hurled a grenade towards advancing army troopers, the police officials said.

They said nine suspected terrorists were caught and two killed in shootouts following the yet another series of planned and synchronised attacks in the heart of India’s financial capital around midnight Wednesday.

Exchange of fire “is on between police and terrorists at Taj and Trident. Our people have surrounded them and the ATS team has arrived at the Taj hotel,” said A.N. Roy, Maharashtra director general of police.

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