Gun battle resumes at Mumbai’s Taj hotel

November 29th, 2008 - 5:43 am ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Nov 29 (IANS) A fierce gun battle erupted early Saturday at the iconic Taj hotel here as special forces commandos attempted to neutralise a group of militants holed up in the building for 54 hours in what is India’s longest terror drama.The gunfire, which began at around 3.30 a.m., erupted after a comparative lull of a little over two hours as commandos of the National Security Guard (NSG) apparently played a cat-and-mouse game with the militants, who had seized the hotel in coordinated strikes Wednesday night that also saw them taking over the Oberoi-Trident hotel and a Jewish cultural and religious centre.

Landing by boat in the Colaba area of south Mumbai, the militants had spread mayhem, staging 10 attacks at various spots in the city that have killed 148 people.

The NSG, acting in tandem with their Marco marine commandos and Indian army troops had Friday scored major successes, evicting the militants from the other two buildings they had occupied.

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