MUMBAI GUNMEN 'WERE BRITISH'; Air Rescue: A Commando Drops to the Roof of Mumbai's Jewish Centre Where at Least 10 Hostages Are Still Believed to Be Being Held Holed Up: Guests Still Trapped in the Oberoi Hotel Where Clashes Continue between Terrorists and Commandos. A Group of Airline Staff Were Released from the Hotel Early Today

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MUMBAI GUNMEN 'WERE BRITISH'; Air Rescue: A Commando Drops to the Roof of Mumbai's Jewish Centre Where at Least 10 Hostages Are Still Believed to Be Being Held Holed Up: Guests Still Trapped in the Oberoi Hotel Where Clashes Continue between Terrorists and Commandos. A Group of Airline Staff Were Released from the Hotel Early Today


Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT, RASHID RAZAQ

TWO British-born Pakistanis are among the Mumbai terrorists, Indian government sources revealed today.

They were captured with eight others after commandos stormed two hotels and a Jewish centre to free hostages.

Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh revealed that up to 25 terrorists were responsible for the series of bomb blasts and shootings that targeted tourists and foreign interests. At least 125 people have been killed and 327 injured. Security services in Britain were studying images of the attackers in an effort to identify them.

Gordon Brown said today it was "too early" to reach any conclusions about British involvement.

Seven terrorists have been confirmed killed in gun battles with Indian special forces, which were still ongoing today in dramatic stand-offs at the three buildings. Between six to eight Islamic militants, professing to be part of the Deccan Mujahideen, were believed to be still holed- up, spread between the five- star Taj Mahal and Trident Oberoi hotels and the Nariman House Jewish centre .

Three terrorists arrested at the Taj Mahal hotel have been officially identified as a Pakistani national and two Indians. Indian authorities have not released any details about the two Britons and the Foreign Office has refused to confirm Indian television reports.

However, a team of Scotland Yard anti- terrorist detectives and negotiators are now on their way to Mumbai to assist. Another of the detainees is reported to be a Mauritian national.

Indian commandos have recovered credit cards and the militants' ID cards as well as seizing a vast arsenal of grenades, AK47 magazines, shells and knives.

Security sources have told the Standard that the attack is believed to be al Qaeda- linked and it is known that dozens of British- born Pakistanis have travelled to Pakistan in recent years to train in its camps. One source said recently: " The camps are full and many of the people inside are Brits." Met officers were also interviewing passengers returning from Mumbai as they stepped off planes at Heathrow. …

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