Eight more rescued from besieged hotel, over 15 terrorists inside (Lead)

November 27th, 2008 - 8:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Nov 27 (IANS) At least eight more hostages were rescued from Oberoi Trident hotel Thursday evening in what appeared to be the end game of a long drawn battle of attrition between Indian security forces and terrorists who have laid siege to it, but many are still feared trapped inside their rooms or are in terrorists’ custody. The commandos of the elite National Security Guard, who are spearheading the entire anti-terror operation, are said to have stormed the hotel and were exchanging gun shots with the terrorists holed up inside.

“There may be 16-18 terrorists still inside the hotel,” said a rescued foreign national, whose hands was wounded and bandaged.

“I cannot say more than this because it night hamper the ongoing operation,” he said, while leaving the place in haste.

While another foreign national, who wished not to be identified and was still trapped inside her hotel room, told Times Now on phone: “Though I am safe, I have no knowledge what operations are going inside the idea or inside the hotel. The television lines are cut but telephone lines are still operational.”

“I have contacted my family and have informed them about the situation,” she added.

At least 101 people have been killed and 280 injured in terror assaults on landmark buildings in Mumbai, with Indian security agencies engaged in a grim rescue operation of dozens of guests stranded inside hotels that were targeted by the terrorists.

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