April 6, 2020

3 U.S. college students killed in Bangladesh

bangladesh-attack-cdn-invu-amarasingam-020716Two Emory University students and one student attending U.C. Berkeley were among the 20 hostages killed in this weekend’s terrorist attack in Bangladesh, according to reports.

“Emory University has learned that two Emory students, Abinta Kabir and Faraaz Hossain, were among those taken hostage and murdered by terrorists yesterday in the attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh,” the school said on its Facebook page Saturday.

Sushma Swaraj, India’s minister for external affairs, tweeted out that a third person, Tarishi Jain, was killed. She had been a student at Berkeley.

Islamic State terrorists took about 35 people hostage, setting off a 10-hour standoff at a bakery in Dhaka. Thirteen hostages were rescued after police stormed the building and six terrorists were killed.

The university said Abinta was from Miami and was a rising sophomore at Emory’s Oxford College. According to a separate statement from the university, Abinta was in Dhaka visiting family and friends when the attack occurred.

Faraaz, who was from Dhaka, was a 2016 graduate of Oxford College and a rising junior at the university’s Goizueta Business School, Emory said.

“The Emory community mourns this tragic and senseless loss of two members of our university family. Our thoughts and prayers go out on behalf of Faraaz and Abinta and their families and friends for strength and peace at this unspeakably sad time,” the university said.

A total of 28 people died in the standoff — 20 hostages, six terrorists and two police officers who were killed at the start of the attack.

The Associated Press reported that the dead include nine Italians, and seven Japanese (five men and two women), according to statements from the respective governments.

Source: Washington Examiner