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A young Indian woman was among 20 people who were killed after being taken hostage by a group of attackers believed to be from the Islamic State group at a restaurant in Dhaka, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday.
Tarishi Jain, 19, was at the Holey Artisan Bakery, a cafe popular with foreigners in the diplomatic quarter of the Bangladesh capital when attackers launched an assault around 9:20pm.
“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,” Swaraj posted on Twitter.
The minister said she had spoken to the father, Sanjiv Jain, and conveyed “our deepest condolences”.
“The country is with them in this hour of grief,” she tweeted, and said government officers were arranging visa for the family.
Tarishi finished her schooling from the American School in Dhaka and was studying at the University of California, Berkeley, Swaraj added.
Tarishi’s Facebook profile showed she was a member of the International Students Association at Berkeley. She posted photographs with friends and family, and from past vacations in Switzerland and Turkey.
According to her profile, she enrolled in the Berkeley institute in 2011. In a June 24 post last year, she wished her mother happy birthday. She posted a photograph of the mother-daughter duo and wrote: “To the most selfless, compassionate, and devoted mother...”
The ‘intro’ section of the profile of her father said he was from New Delhi. Tarishi was visiting him in Bangladesh.
Sources in the external affairs ministry said Tarishi’s father had been running a garment business in Bangladesh for the last 15-20 years.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the attack in a post on Twitter.
“The attack in Dhaka has pained us beyond words. I spoke to (Bangladesh) PM Sheikh Hasina and strongly condemned the despicable attack,” he tweeted.
The attackers in Dhaka slaughtered 20 hostages on Friday night before Bangladeshi troops stormed the restaurant. Two police officers also died in the exchange of fire. Six of the attackers were killed and one was detained, while 13 hostages were rescued.
The Bangladesh army said most of the slain civilians were either Italian or Japanese and that many had been hacked to death with sharpened weapons.
An Indian doctor was also taken hostage but was rescued on Saturday morning. According to the sources, Dr. Satyapal speaks fluent Bengali and came out as one of the Bangladeshis.
(With agency inputs)