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American Students, Citizen Among Dead from Bangladesh Terror Attack

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 03, 2016

American Students, Citizen Among Dead from Bangladesh Terror Attack

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While initial reports suggested no Americans were killed in Friday’s terrorist attack on a popular restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, officials have announced that three students from two colleges in the United States were among the dead.

According to, 20 foreigners were murdered in the Holey Artisan Bakery in the Gulshan district when six heavily armed terrorists attacked the building frequented by foreign travelers. Police forces helped 13 hostages escape and eventually raided the restaurant, killing all of the militants.

The first person killed with ties to America was 19-year-old Indian national Tarishi Jain, who was a sophomore at University of California at Berkeley. She was in Dhaka working an internship at a local bank just a few weeks ago.

The American citizen killed in the attacks was Abinta Kabir of Miami, Florida, who attended Emory University in Atlanta. She was a sophomore at the college and was visiting family and friends in Dhaka when she was caught in the attack.

The third victim with ties to the U.S. was Faraaz Hossain, who was a 2016 graduate from Oxford College and a student at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Hossain was from Dhaka.

In addition to those murdered during the attack with American ties, there were also seven Japanese citizens killed. The five men and two women were in Dhaka working with the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

There were also nine Italians killed in the attacks, according to the country’s foreign minister.


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