Friday, November 28, 2008

Indian Commandos raid Jewish center in Mumbai

From Reuters, Fri Nov 28, 2008 By Rina Chandran:

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian commandos stormed a Jewish center in Mumbai on Friday and found two bodies which appeared to be of hostages, the country's National Security Guards chief said.

J.K. Dutt also told Indian television that the commandos had killed two militants in operations at the center.

"We have neutralized two terrorists," Dutt said. "Along with that we have also found two bodies. Those bodies appear to be of hostages."

An Israeli rescue service run by Orthodox Jews said its staff sent to Mumbai to help at the siege believed that hostages in the Chabad Center had died. "Apparently the hostages did not remain alive," the Zaka service said in a brief statement quoting its staff in Mumbai. It did not identify the hostages nor say how many may have died.

Earlier, Israel's ambassador to India said he believed about six Israeli nationals had been held hostage at the center, including a rabbi and his wife....

(Reporting by New Delhi and Mumbai bureaux; Writing by Simon Denyer; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)
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