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Six blasts were heard from the Jewish center Nariman House in Mumbai Saturday morning, hours after the security force declared end of operation against militants inside the building.

On Friday evening, the operation at the Nariman House were officially declared end and after killing two terrorists. But the militants hid bombs under the bodies of killed hostages. When police were moving the bodies, the bombs exploded, NDTV reported.


An Indian National Security Guard commando abseils from a helicopter onto the roof of Nariman House at Colaba Market in Mumbai on Friday. The Jewish center was one of several targets in the city attacked by gunmen armed with powerful assault rifles and grenades. [AFP]

Security forces secured the 5-star Trident Oberoi hotel and the Nariman House late Friday, but gunmen continued to hold out inside the Taj Mahal hotel.

Intermittent gunshots were fired during the night of Friday as commandos were fighting the militants hiding inside the Taj Mahal hotel.

At least three-four militants are believed to be hiding inside the luxury hotel, a top official was quoted by IANS news as saying early Saturday morning. The official said that he expected the siege to be over by the morning.

At the Nariman House, a residential complex housing a prayer hall, commandos were air-dropped from helicopters in a first such operation ever. Two militants were killed but not before five of the hostages were eliminated by them.

When the Trident Oberoi hotel was cleared of the militants Friday afternoon, as many as 30 hostages were found dead in the hotel, raising the toll in the worst terrorist strike against India to over 160 including 16 security personnel, the Press Trust of India said.

But India's National Security Guard (NSG) director general J K Dutt told local TV that at least 154 people were killed and 327 others injured in the terror war on Mumbai starting from Wednesday.

On Wednesday night, a group of armed militants launched bombing attacks on 10 popular places in Mumbai, a financial center of India, and have since engaged gun-fire with security forces.


(Xinhua News Agency November 29, 2008)


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