JERUSALEM (JTA) – A Jewish family being held hostage in the Mumbai, India, Chabad house may be dead, senior Israeli officials are saying.

Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, and possibly six others, have been held since Wednesday night amid multiple, coordinated terrorist attacks that have killed at least 100.

On Thursday afternoon, Indian commandos surrounded the Nariman House, where Chabad is located, with plans to storm in and release the hostages, according to reports. There are reportedly four terrorists holed up inside with up to six hostages. Indian special forces killed one terrorist in the building.

Earlier Thursday, the hostage takers released the Holzberg's two-year-old son and the building's cook, who said that the couple was unconscious, Ynet reported.

The terrorists were apparently aiming at tourists in the country's financial center when the attacks began Wednesday night. They attacked using automatic rifles and grenades in areas frequented by Westerners including hotels, restaurants and the railway station. Some 300 people were injured in the attacks.

The Israel consul in Mumbai on Thursday morning told Israel Radio they were working to locate approximately 25 Israelis known to be in the area who have not contacted their families at home.

The terrorists have been holding hostages in the Taj Mahal and Trident-Oberoi luxury hotels, and reportedly looked for guests holding British and American passports.

The identity of the attackers is not known. A little-known organization calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen has claimed responsibility.

One terrorist inside the Chabad house called an Indian television channel Thursday afternoon and offered to enter into talks with the government to release the hostages, Reuters reported.

The Chabad house is located at 5 Hormusji Street in Mumbai. India is a popular destination for young Israeli backpackers, who often make the trip after their army service.

One Indian television channel said 5 or 6 Israelis were also among the 100 to 200 hostages being held at the Oberoi hotel, Ynet reported. Some 10 to 15 Israelis are said to be held hostage in sites throughout the city, the Foreign Ministry told Ynet.

"One friend of Gavriel Holtzberg reported receiving an e-mail from the Mumbai rabbi at 11:30 p.m. local time," Chabad.org reported. "The Israeli Consulate was in touch with Holtzberg, but the line was cut in middle of the conversation. No further contact has since been established."

On Thursday morning, according to the Jerusalem Post, the Chabad rabbi's toddler son was rushed from the house in the arms of one of the Jewish center's employees, Sandra Samuel.

"I took the child, I just grabbed the baby and ran out," said Samuel, 44, who was identified as a cook.

She said that the rabbi, his wife and two other unidentified guests were alive but unconscious, the Jerusalem Post reported.

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