NSG Commandos with faces covered in black say they saw three terrorists at the Taj Mahal Hotel and admit they faced a heavy barrage of gunfire and had to resort to firing in the dark.
"When we were on the top floors we heard a heavy gunfire on the lower floors and when we got there and entered the room pointed out by hotel staff, we found 15 bodies on the floor, some injured very badly. It was dark though and suddenly they were fired upon us and they return the fire..."
"But we are not sure we got them..."
"In another room we chased them, we heard gunshots and so we fired back and in this exchange two commandos were injured, one very seriously, but the room was very dark. And they had hostages as well so we had to be extremely careful. They were accostomed to the dark, we were not as we got in from outside. Just then we heard the room had a back exit. We blocked it..but when we entered the room we found no one, except back-packs with heavy ammunition and credit cards from different banks, national ID cards belonging to Mauritius."
When asked how many terrorists have been kiled, he said, "Its not clear. There are many bodies lying in the rooms and one can't say whether it includes those of terrorists."
"The terrorists were young, less than 30, wear t-shirts, do not cover their faces...and they know the hotel better than we do...they move from one part of the hotel to the other with ease. They are remorseless.