Canadian businessman recalls narrow escape from Oberoi

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Vancouver (Canada), Nov.29 : A Canadian businessman, who was held hostage by terrorists inside the Trident-Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai said that he was saved from being killed by terrorists because he drifted off to sleep and ignored a mysterious knock to his door.

Vancouver-based Jonathan Erlich, 40, told the Globe and Mail newspaper that he decided to give a miss to a friend's invitation for a nightcap in the Oberoi Hotel's plush lobby on Wednesday night, drifted off to sleep and only woke up after hearing a loud explosion on the street below.

He said that when he went to turn on a light, a second, more powerful blast rocked the hotel. He peered in the hall and heard a guest say something about a bomb.

Erlich's fatigue was instantly replaced by a surge of adrenalin that nearly lifted him off the floor. He grabbed his belongings and bolted to the stairwell and survived the mayhem miraculously.

ANI

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