Taj hotel cleared of militants, 59-hour terror drama ends

November 29th, 2008 - 10:22 am ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Nov 29 (IANS) Acting swiftly and decisively, Indian commandos launched a clinical operation Saturday to eliminate two militants holed up in the iconic Taj hotel here to end a 59-hour terror drama, the country’s longest, which claimed 148 lives and soured ties with Pakistan.The militants had attempted to create a diversion by torching two ground floor shops in the hotel’s northern wing, hoping the thick black smoke would conceal their movements but this didn’t work as the security forces required just over 20 minutes to eliminate them.

“The operation is over,” an extremely pleased Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor told reporters at the hotel, even as cleanup operations were underway.

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