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Indian commandos at Chabad center
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Reproduction photo: Hagai Aharon
Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg
Reproduction photo: Hagai Aharon

More bodies identified at Mumbai Jewish center

Foreign Ministry says remains of eight people located in Chabad offices in Mumbai following terror attack. Six bodies identified so far, five names cleared for publication: Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, his wife Rivka and kashrut supervisors Bentzion Chroman and Rabbi Leibish Teitlebaum

Cleared for publication: The fifth victim in the attack on the Chabad House in Mumbai has been identified as Yocheved Orpaz, an Israeli national. The identity of amother female victim identified Saturday, a Mexican Jew, has not been published yet. The Israeli victim was identified by a relative.


Eight bodies have been found in the Chabad offices following the series of terrorist attacks across the Indian city, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday morning.

Terror victim Yocheved Orpaz


The identities of four of the victims were cleared for publication earlier: Chabad emissary Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, 29, his wife Rivka, 28, and kashrut supervisors Bentzion Chroman and Rabbi Leibish Teitlebaum. The Holtzbergs' toddler son, Moshe, was rescued by an employee and taken to his grandparents.


According to Indian reports, the combined terror attacks on several centers in the city were carried out by 10 terrorists, nine of whom have been killed and one captured.


Six corpses were reportedly removed out of the Chabad building on Friday, but information on two additional bodies was received Saturday morning.


Members of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement gathered at the group's headquarters Friday to pray for the families of the dead.


"Gabi and Rivki Holtzberg made the ultimate sacrifice," said Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, vice chairman of the educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch.  

Commando operation at Jewish center (Photo: AFP)


"As emissaries to Mumbai, Gabi and Rivki gave up the comforts of the West in order to spread Jewish pride in a corner of the world that was a frequent stop for throngs of Israeli tourists," he said.


Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin said at least three of the five victims at the center held US citizenship: Teitlebaum was an American from Brooklyn, while the rabbi, who moved to the US as a child, and Chroman both had dual Israeli-US citizenship. Officials here were not sure whether Rivkah Holtzberg, also born in Israel, had dual citizenship.


The Associated Press contributed to this report


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