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Gunmen lose control of Oberoi hotel in Mumbai

28 November 2008 by

One of the luxury hotels taken over by gunmen in Mumbai is back under the control of the authorities after commandos raided the property.

In a statement issued at 2.40pm India time (9.10am UK time), the Oberoi-Trident said: "The police and Government authorities have allowed us access to the hotel. We were granted permission to begin evacuating guests from the hotel at 2:15 pm.

"Staff of the hotel accompanied by personnel from the security forces are now proceeding from room to room and escorting guests to the lobby level of the hotel. From there the guests will be led to a nearby facility where first aid and counselling will be offered.

"After details of each guest are confirmed, our staff will take them to other hotels in the city where arrangements have been made for their stay. This process is likely to take several hours as we are going room to room, one floor at a time."

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By Daniel Thomas

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