Georgia Students Among 20 Killed in Bangladesh After Terrorists Spared Those Who Could Recite From Quran
An Atlanta-area college student was among the 20 hostages who were killed when terrorists stormed a restaurant in Bangladesh on Saturday.
Abinta Kabir, an undergraduate at Emory University's Oxford College campus outside Atlanta, was visiting family in the city of Dhaka when armed gunmen laid siege to the Holey Artisan Bakery just as the holy month of Ramadan neared its end.
Kabir was from Miami, Florida and in Dhaka visiting family when she was killed.
In a statement, Emory University wrote:
"The Emory community mourns this tragic and senseless loss of one of our university family. Our thoughts and prayers go out on behalf of Abinta and her family and friends for strength and peace at this unspeakably sad time.
"In the wake of this terrible loss, the university is offering support to members of our community through counseling services."
WGCL reports that a second Emory student, Faraaz Hossain, a rising junior at the university’s Goizueta Business School, was also killed in the attack. Hossain was reportedly from Dhaka.
One survivor said the attackers spared the lives of hostages who were able to recite passages from the Quran, according to the Associated Press.
Over 30 people were taken hostage when the standoff began on Friday night, officials said. The standoff lasted through the night.
By Saturday morning, Bangladeshi forces stormed the cafe and killed six gunmen. A reported 13 captives were rescued.
Sadly, not among them was a third student at an American university.
India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted:
"I am extremely pained to share that the terrorists have killed Tarushi, an Indian girl who was taken hostage in the terror attack in Dhaka."
Tarushi Jain, 18, was a student at University of California, Berkeley. She was visiting her businessman father in Bangladesh.
ISIS has taken responsibility for the attack through its media arm. However, some analysts are casting doubts on the claim's credibility. Both ISIS and al Qaeda are vying for supremacy in the region.