Among the 20 dead in the terror attack on a Dhaka restaurant was an Indian teenager.
The Indian Embassy in Dhaka confirmed in the afternoon of Saturday the death of 19-year-old Tarishi Jain, a student of University of California in Berkeley.
A graduate of the American School in Dhaka, Tarishi was visiting her father, who lives in the Bangladeshi capital, for her holidays.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj condoled Tarishi’s death on Twitter:
On Friday, she was at the Holey Artisan in the city’s upscale Gulshan locality when Islamic State terrorists attacked the restaurant and took between 20 and 40 hostages.
That triggered an over 10-hour-long hostage crisis – the worst ever in the history of Bangladesh since its independence from Pakistan in 1971.
Relatives of hostages outside the restaurant. AP
Following an operation early in the morning of Saturday, Bangladeshi commandoes from the Army were able to kill six terrorists and free around 13 of the hostages.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina praised the action of the security forces but expressed her grief on not been able to save some of the hostages. “We could not save a few of them [who were in the restaurant]. Some of them are admitted at CMH [Combined Military Hospital],” the Prime Minister said.