Three American college students were among the 20 hostages slaughtered by ISIS terrorists who raided a Bangladesh café Friday.
Indian officials said 19-year-old Tarishi Jain, who was studying at the University of California Berkley, was killed during the 10-hour standoff at Holey Artisan Bakery, San Francisco Gate reported.
Emory University officials also confirmed that two of its undergrads, Abinta Kabir and Faraaz Hossain, were among the people found dead inside the café in the capital city of Dhaka.
“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 school said in a statement.
Faraaz, a Dhaka native, graduated from Oxford College, the university’s two-year liberal arts school, earlier this year and was heading into the business school in the fall, campus officials said. Kabir, who was from Miami, was a rising sophomore at Oxford College.
Kabir’s cousin said the 18-year-old, who was born in Bangladesh, traveled to Dkaha earlier this week and planned to spend part of her summer vacation visiting family and friends.
She went to the café after Iftar, an evening meal Muslims eat during the month of Ramadan, to meet up with friends, Afsara Adiba said in a Facebook post.
“But she didn’t (come) back alive!” Adina wrote. “I just don’t get it she and the other people were innocent.”
Survivors said the terrorists asked the hostages to recite portions of the Koran. Those who could prove they were Muslim were spared and given food to eat. Those who couldn’t rattle off passages of the holy book were tortured and killed.
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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Meg Wagner