November 28, 2008

Commandos who stormed the Mumbai headquarters of an ultra-orthodox Jewish group found the bodies of five hostages inside, among them a New York rabbi and his wife, as a fresh battle raged at the luxury Taj Mahal hotel and other Indian forces ended a siege at another five-star hotel.

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More than 150 people have been killed since gunmen attacked 10 sites across India’s financial capital starting Wednesday night, including 24 foreigners, officials said.

Early Friday night, Indian commandos emerged from a besieged Jewish center with rifles raised in an apparent sign of victory after a daylong siege that saw a team rappel from helicopters and a series of explosions and fire rock the building and blow gaping holes in the wall.

Inside the Chabad-Lubavitch office, though, were five dead hostages.

The Chabad-Lubavitch movement confirmed the deaths of Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka. They ran the movement’s local headquarters. The couple’s toddler was taken out of the center by his nanny.

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