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Mumbai Siege Ends, Indian Forces Kill Last Militants


Indian officials have brought a terrorist attack on the city of Mumbai to an end, killing the last militants inside a luxury hotel that was the final battleground of a terrorist siege.

Security forces are going through the badly-damaged Taj Mahal hotel room by room to make sure it is safe, and to evacuate any remaining guests.

Combat operations ended at the Taj hotel today, Saturday, more than two days after groups of militants launched coordinated attacks against multiple targets across the city.

Nearly 200 people were killed in the attacks, including at least 22 foreigners. On Friday, Indian commandos ended two other standoffs with militants at the Oberoi-Trident hotel, as well as at the Chabad House Jewish center. At least 11 militants were killed during the nearly three-day siege, while another was taken into police custody.

Officials are still trying to determine the identity of the attackers. U.S. intelligence officials said the attack was consistent with the work of the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar e-Taiba.

Indian officials have also suggested the militants had links to Pakistan. But Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said his country had nothing to do with the attacks.

Shortly after the assault began, Indian media reports said a previously unknown group, called Deccan Mujahideen, had claimed responsibility. It is not clear if that claim is credible.

Commandos who confronted the militants at the Taj hotel say they were very well trained, heavily armed and had knowledge of the building.

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