MUMBAI, India (CNN) — The bodies of five hostages have been found at a Jewish center in Mumbai, according to reports, but fighting still rages at a hotel in the city two days after terrorists launched a series of deadly attacks.
Israeli Foreign Ministry official spokesman Haim Hoshen told an Israel news station five bodies had been found.
CNN’s Indian sister network, CNN-IBN, also reported the deaths and said the siege at the center — Chabad House — was close to ending.
Gunfire and explosions continued to ring out from the building.
Earlier, police said they had cleared the Oberoi Hotel, killing two militants and freeing hundreds of trapped guests. They found 30 bodies and were searching the building.
However, fighting continued to rage at the Taj Mahal Hotel — where one gunmen was reportedly still holed up.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor told CNN-IBN the gunman was shooting and throwing grenades at security forces. […]
CNN’s International Security Correspondent Paula Newton said UK authorities were checking reports that some of the attackers were of British origin. […]
The gunmen were young men in their 20s who “obviously had to be trained somewhere,” a member of the Indian navy’s commando unit said Friday.
They fired at guests “with no remorse” and knew the layout of the hotels well enough to “vanish” after confronting security forces, the commando said….