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(CNN) -- At least 160 people were killed and more than 300 were wounded in Mumbai, India's financial capital, when gunmen took scores of hostages and targeted several areas in the city, including the Oberoi and Taj Mahal Palace and Tower luxury hotels.

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  • Taj Mahal hotel
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  • Chabad House
  • Taj Mahal hotel

    Three militants have been killed at the Taj Mahal motel, but more could remain, the director-general of the National Security Guard said shortly before 9 a.m. local time Saturday, according to CNN sister station CNN-IBN.

    The comments by the director-general, J.K. Dutt, came shortly after Mumbai Police Chief Hussain Gafoor told CNN-IBN that the last militants at the Taj had been killed.

    The statements coincided with an apparent end of gunfire at the hotel. Gunfire and explosions had been heard at various times Saturday morning at the Taj, where Indian security forces believed that gunmen were holed up.

    About 7:15 a.m. local time Saturday (8:45 p.m. ET Friday), shots were fired out from the hotel, prompting journalists gathered outside the building to back up, CNN's Sara Sidner said.

    Minutes late, a fire -- which Dutt said had been set by militants as a diversionary tactic -- began burning part of the first two floors of the Victorian structure, and more gunfire could be heard.

    Eventually, a man in the hotel approached an open window and was trying to throw out a grenade when he was shot by a police sniper, CNN-IBN reported. The man fell from the window to the ground, and the station broadcast a picture of the body taken by a cell phone.

    Some security personnel then took off their bulletproof vests, and firefighters approached the building to battle the flames. By 8:30 a.m. local time (10 p.m. ET Friday), the fire had been brought under control, Dutt said.

    Dutt said security forces would be searching the rest of the hotel for civilians and any possible remaining militants, CNN-IBN reported.

    On Wednesday, gunmen took control of the hotel, throwing grenades, firing high-powered weapons and taking hostages. Some witnesses reported that the gunmen asked for people with British and American passports.

    For much of the night, fires burned throughout the hotel, and blasts, believed to be from grenades, were heard.

    Mumbai's police chief Hussain Gafoor said that most of the attackers had been heavily armed. "Most of the terrorists, the ones who were already shot dead, they were carrying an AK assault rifle, one or two handguns and grenades."

    Several people standing among journalists several hundred yards from the hotel were injured in earlier gunfire and explosions, but it was unclear whether their wounds were from the blast's shrapnel or from bullets. Video Watch CNN's Sara Sidner reporting from the scene »

    Oberoi hotel

    More than 40 hours after gunmen took over the Oberoi Hotel, police rescued the remaining hostages, evacuated guests and cleared it of militants Friday afternoon, a police official said.

    Two terrorists were killed in the operation, said J.K. Dutt, the National Security Guard's director-general. Authorities found six bodies on a staircase at the hotel, but their identities were not determined, Dutt said.

    Thirty-six people were found dead at the Oberoi hotel premises, which includes the Trident, a hotel connected by a common corridor, according to Bhushan Gagrani, a Maharashtra state official.

    Inside the hotel, police recovered pistols, military assault rifles and grenades, Mumbai police Commissioner Hussain Gafoor said.

    Relieved guests, many of them foreigners and some children, hugged one another before boarding buses and vans brought in to take them away.

    Chabad House

    The bodies of five hostages were found in the Chabad House, an Israeli Foreign Ministry official said Friday.

    Spokesman Haim Hoshen told an Israel news station that the bodies had been found.

    Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg, an American who was the city's envoy for the community, and his Israeli wife were among the dead in Chabad House, said Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin, a spokesman for Chabad-Lubavitch International in the United States.

    One of the three other dead hostages was a second American rabbi, according to the office of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    Hours earlier, two dozen soldiers landed on the rooftop of the five-story building. Throngs of onlookers crowded into terraces of nearby buildings and heard sounds of gunfire and at least 10 explosions coming from inside.

    The Chabad House, also known as the Nariman House, is the Mumbai headquarters of the Chabad, a Hasidic Jewish movement.

    Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that Sandra Samuel, a cook for the center who had barricaded herself in a room in the house, said she grabbed a toddler whom she identified as Holtzberg's son and fled the building with another person.

    "I took the child. I just grabbed the baby and ran out," Samuel told Haaretz.


    Chabad spokesman Moni Ender, who is in Israel, told the newspaper that eight Israelis had been in the house.

    Police said gunmen, before Friday, fired indiscriminately from the building. Stray bullets killed a couple in their home and a 16-year-old boy who stepped outside, police said.

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