A 19-year-old Indian girl, Tarishi Jain, was among the 20 killed by Islamic State terrorists in the siege on a cafe in the Bangladeshi capital, the Indian government confirmed, while an Indian doctor who was taken hostage is safe.
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that Tarishi was among the hostages killed in the Holey Artisan Bakery, a popular hangout for foreigners, in the high-security and affluent Gulshan diplomatic zone of the Bangladesh capital.
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.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 2, 2016
I have spoken to her father Shri Sanjeev Jain and conveyed our deepest condolences.The country is with them in this hour of grief. — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 2, 2016
Sources in the Ministry of External Affairs said Tarishi’s father has been running a garment business in Bangladesh for last 15-20 years.
“We are assisting family members who are travelling to Bangladesh,” the sources said.
— ANI (@ANI_news) July 2, 2016
Earlier, Bangladesh Army confirmed that the Islamic State terrorists who laid siege to a Dhaka cafe late on Friday killed at least 20 hostages, including many foreigners.
The army said it had rescued 13 hostages, including one Japanese and two Sri Lankan nationals.
Bangladeshi security forces on Saturday morning ended the 12-hour long siege at the Holey Artisan Bakery in the high-security Gulshan diplomatic zone, killing six terrorist and captured one alive, Xinhua news agency reported.