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2CN PM Latest update from Mumbai


Latest update from Mumbai

PM - Friday, 28 November , 2008 18:50:00

MARK COLVIN: And finally we're dropping our normal finance report in this spot for tonight to go back to Mumbai where the chief of an Indian Special Forces Unit at the Taj Mahal Hotel has told a journalist that he saw 12 to 15 bodies in one room of the hotel.

His face was disguised in a black scarf and sunglasses as he talked to a news conference.

He said his people had found money, ammunition and an identity card from Mauritius thought to have belonged to the attackers.

There's been more movement at the hotel. Reporter Sally Sara is there at the Taj Mahal Hotel. What can you tell us, Sally?

SALLY SARA: Well Mark, I'm just near the front of the hotel and we had some gunfire in the past couple of hours. Things are calm somewhat and some of the soldiers have been taking cover were then sort of sitting in groups, still behind cover but a bit more relaxed.

Then in the last short while, there's been increased tension again. We've had police officers running towards the front of the building, and we've now got a, ambulance, fire truck going in as well. They were crouched down with their weapons pointed to the front of the building as if they were expecting someone to come out from the ground floor. So all of the focus at the moment is towards the entrance and the lower levels of the hotel and they seem to be getting for something to happen.

MARK COLVIN: No clarity on what might happen or whether there are still a terrorist or terrorists in there?

SALLY SARA: No, they're certainly very, very concerned and they were moving very quickly running across the open plaza to get behind vehicles. I can still see two police officers, one behind a vehicle and another behind a tree still focussing on the front of the hotel. There's some other troops over to my right on the side of the hotel who are also focussing their attention on the ground floor. So people are just waiting to see whether events here are about to come to a head. It's been a very long time now, much more than 36 hours since it all began.

MARK COLVIN: Sally Sara, thank you very much,

Sally will be continuing, and her colleagues, Trevor Borman and others, will be continuing to update Australians on ABC Television news, ABC Radio news, on our website and so on right through until this whole thing is finished and beyond.

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