Dhaka attack: 20 people including Indian girl hacked to death


New Delhi: An Indian girl was among 20 foreigners who were hacked to death by ISIS militants in a terror attack at a restaurant in Bangladesh capital's high-security diplomatic zone. Indian Embassy in Dhaka has confirmed the death of one Indian national who was killed in Friday's terror attack at the Holey Artisan bakery.

The victim has been identified as Tarishi Jain, a student of University of California in Berkeley. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took to micro-blogging site Twitter to express her condolences: 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. She posted on tweeter. I have spoken to her father Shri Sanjeev Jain and conveyed our deepest condolences.The country is with them in this hour of grief. she added in another tweet.

19-year-old Tarishi had passed out from the American School in Dhaka.The victim's father Sanjeev Jain reportedly lives in Dhaka and Tarishi was visiting the city for her holidays. On Friday, she was at the cafe at Gulshan when unidentified terrorists attacked the cafe and took hostages. As many as 20 persons were killed after armed assailant opened fire at an upscale cafe in Gulshan neighbourhood of Dhaka on Friday night. While six off the attackers have been killed, the Bangladeshi security personnel have captured one of the militants.

The gunmen have been identified as ISIS assailants, after the militant group took responsibility.  About 35 people including several foreign nationals were taken hostage by the armed assailants. To clear the cafe after a 12-hour siege, the army launched a massive operation, in which 6 terrorists were neutralised and one arrested. 13 hostages, including one Japanese and two Sri Lankans, were rescued, the army said.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today condemned the terrorist attack and said that Bangladesh was determined to fight terror. Sheikh Hasina said that while Muslims across the world are observing Ramzan, militants were killing innocent people. "What kind of Muslims are these, who are killing other humans during Ramzan," the PM said.