Hostages released from Mumbai hotel

Close to 100 hostages have been released from the Oberoi Trident hotel in Mumbai after Indian security forces stormed the building.

Indian authorities say the hotel is now under control of the security forces. Indian authorities are working to free the last few hostages at the Taj Mahal Palace and a Jewish centre in the city.

The Foreign Office said it could not confirm the number of British nationals involved. It confirmed yesterday that a British national was killed in the terror attacks. The hospital in Mumbai released the details of the 73 year old Andreas Liveras, the founder of a luxury yacht business who was killed.

Association of Independent Tour Operators has 33 members which operate holiday programmes to India.

Chairman Derek Moore said: “AITO tour operators are in touch with clients currently in Mumbai or nearby and with those who have future travel plans involving Mumbai. It appears that only a very small number of clients are affected and, in line with FCO Travel Advice, AITO members are amending these itineraries to avoid Mumbai.”

“Any travellers wishing to cancel or postpone their holidays will need to discuss this with the tour operator concerned, as booking conditions vary from company to company, but doubtless AITO members will be as helpful as they can.”

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