Bodies removed from last Mumbai siege site

MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Soldiers have removed the remaining bodies from the shattered Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India, today, as the country's financial center began to show signs of returning to normal.

The soldiers conducted a room-to-room search of the hotel, defusing booby traps and bombs left by the gunman. With the other main battle sites -- the Oberoi hotel and a Jewish center -- cleared earlier, officials say the death toll from the attacks is likely to stay at 172, though they wouldn't rule out the possibility of more bodies being found.

As for the 10 gunman, a Muslim graveyard in Mumbai rejected the bodies of the nine who were killed, saying "Islam does not permit this sort of barbaric crime."

Police say the surviving gunman has told them he was trained in Pakistan.

Pakistan's president is calling the attackers "non-state actors" while Indian officials have been cautious about accusing Pakistan of complicity. Meanwhile, India's prime minister is promising to strengthen security.

In Mumbai, parents dropped children off at school and many shopkeepers opened their doors for the first time since the attacks began. India's stock exchange showed declines, with its main index falling nearly 3 percent.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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