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Terrorists Attack Restaurant in Bangladesh, At Least 20 Foreigners Killed

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 02, 2016

Terrorists Attack Restaurant in Bangladesh, At Least 20 Foreigners Killed

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On Friday, at least 20 foreigners were killed as six heavily armed terrorists attacked a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, frequented by foreign travelers. Another 13 hostages were rescued by police forces and all of the militants were eventually killed by Bangladeshi forces that raided the popular Holey Artisan Bakery in the Gulshan district.

UPDATE: 10:00 a.m. ET 7/3/16

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

Two of the students were in the United States studying— Tarishi Jain and Faraaz Hossain—and the third student was actually an American Citizen, identified as Abinta Kabir from Miami, Florida.


According to, gunmen stormed the restaurant shouting "Allahu Akbar" Friday night, killing at least 20 foreigners, including Italian and Japanese citizens. The bakery is just 15 minutes from the United States embassy, but officials do not believe any Americans were killed in the attack.

Local media outlets reported that sharp weapons were used to kill the victims, and that some of the foreigners may have been beheaded. The standoff lasted more than 10 hours before Bangladeshi forces stormed the restaurant and killed the attackers.

In addition to the civilians killed in the attack, several police officers were killed as well. At least four security personnel were killed when one hostage escaped and police rushed to help him, only to have one of the terrorists throw a grenade at the group. Among the dead from the attack was an assistant police commissioner.

Officials called the terrorists “heavily armed and equipped” and “tactically sound.”


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