Saturday, Nov 29, 2008
The siege at the Taj Mahal Hotel in the centre of Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, has ended, bringing a halt to more than three days of terror in the city.
At least two more terrorists were killed in the final stages of a battle with Indian commandos, following attacks throughout Mumbai.
The official death toll rose significantly today to 195, from 155 yesterday. At least 295 others have been injured in the assault on India’s economic capital.
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The hotel siege was brought to a close today as security and political sources in the UK tried to play down suggestions that up to seven of the terrorists had strong British links, and that some of them were British-born men of Pakistani origin.
Sources in India are reported to have indicated that some of the men came from the north of England, including from Leeds, Hartlepool and Bradford.
Erika Mann, a European Union trade official, escaped from the Taj Mahal hotel through an underground passage.
She told the Times of India: “The attacks appear to have an European dimension.
“We’ve heard from journalists and other people we were with that English citizens were involved in the attacks.”
However, a spokesman for the Foreign Office in London said: “We have spoken to Indian authorities at a high level and they have said that there is no evidence that any of the terrorists either captured or dead are British.”
This article was posted: Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 6:24 am