Two Emory University Students Among Those Killed in Bangladesh Attack

By Jim Liao, Epoch Times
July 3, 2016 Updated: July 3, 2016

The terrorist attack that killed more than 20 people a Bangladesh cafe Friday also left two students from Emory University, a private college in Atlanta, dead.

Emory University confirmed Sunday that students Abinta Kabir and Faraaz Hossain were among those taken hostage and killed by terrorists.

Abinta, originally from Miami, was a sophomore at the Oxford College of Emory University. Faraaz, who is from Dhaka—Bangladesh’s capital and where the attacks took place—was a junior at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. 

The university offered its condolences to the family members of the two victims, adding that it’s offering support and counseling to members of the community.

“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 university said in a statement.

Early in the day, a report confirmed that another victim in the Dhaka attack was a University of California, Berkeley student, the college confirmed. UC Berkeley sophomore Tarishi Jain was involved in an internship at Eastern Bank Limited in Dhaka.

On Friday, several armed terrorists took control of the Holey Artisan Bakery, which developed into a hostage situation. By the time the standoff ended, 22 people, including six terror suspects, were dead. All the victims had previously been reported to be foreign, but it was unknown whether any were Americans.

Both Bangladesh officials and the U.S. government have condemned the attack.

“The United States condemns in the strongest terms the horrific terrorist attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 1-2,” said the White House Press Secretary in a statement. “This is a despicable act of terrorism, and the United States stands with Bangladesh and the international community in our resolve to confront terrorism wherever it occurs.”