Americans among those hacked to death in ISIS Attack
At least three American students have been identified among 20 people killed during an ISIS attack on a cafe in Bangladesh yesterday.
Abinta Kabir, a student at Emory University who was from Miami, Florida, died when terrorists attacked the largely foreign crowd inside the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka last night.
Fellow Emory student Faraaz Hossain, who attended the college's business school, was also identified as being among the dead by a spokesman today. Tarushi Jain, 19, who studied at University of California Berkeley campus, was also killed.
Kabir, a sophomore at Emory's Oxford campus, was an American citizen, while Hossain was born in Bangladesh and Jain was of Indian origin.
A spokesman said: '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.
'Abinta, who was from Miami, was a rising sophomore at Emory’s Oxford College.
'Faraaz, who was from Dhaka, was a graduate of Oxford College and a student at the university’s Goizueta Business School.
'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.'
According to witnesses a group of seven Islamist radicals stormed the cafe yesterday evening armed with assault weapons, pistols and 'sharp objects' before taking more than 30 people hostage.
The terrorists then hacked 20 people to death, sparing only those who could recite the Koran, before engaging police in a 12-hour standoff.
The cafe was eventually stormed by elite Bangladeshi commandos who killed the attackers and freed the remaining hostages.
Among those killed are nine Italians, as well as tourists from Japan, South Korea, and India.