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India: Who are the militants who attacked Mumbai?

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As Indian commandos finish their operations against the gunmen who killed at least 143 people, focus turns to the assailants' identity.

Indian forces entered the closing stages of their operations against the militants who attacked Mumbai (Bombay) Wednesday, but the identity of the militants, which could have ramifications on India-Pakistan relations, remains unclear.

The Associated Press reports that Indian commandos on Friday secured the Oberoi Hotel, one of the sites targeted by gunmen in Mumbai Wednesday in a series of attacks that left at least 143 dead and 288 injured. The AP also writes that the commandos were continuing operations to retake the Taj Mahal Hotel and a Jewish outreach center on Friday.

While explosions and gunfire continued intermittently at the elegant Taj Mahal hotel Friday afternoon, officials said commandos had killed the two last gunmen inside the nearby Oberoi.
"The hotel is under our control," J.K. Dutt, director general of India's elite National Security Guard commando unit, told reporters, adding that 24 bodies had been found. Dozens of people -- including a man clutching a baby -- had been evacuated from Oberoi earlier Friday.

CNN offers a summary of what is known about the attacks on their website.


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