US College Students Killed in Recent Bangladesh Terrorist Attack


Last weekend, terrorists attacked a café in Dhaka, Bangladesh, leaving more than 20 dead, with many more injured.

Among the casualties were three college students from American universities.

Tarishi Jain, an eighteen-year-old sophomore was originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

After graduating from the American International School in her country, she went to study at the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 to study economics.

She was in Bangladesh for an internship with Eastern Bank Limited. Jain was also active in school events and organizations, having run EthiCal, a company by students from UC Berkeley, where they design and print shirts and other apparel.

Hannah Nguyen, who worked with Jain in EthiCal, said that the latter was always charming, kind, and enthusiastic with her job.

UC Berkeley’s chancellor, Nicholas Dirks, sent a message about the tragedy to the entire college community with plans of a vigil for the victims of the attack this coming July 5, Tuesday, in the afternoon on the school’s Sproul Plaza.

Faraaz Hossain was a junior college student originally from Dhaka. He graduated from Emory University’s Oxford College near Atlanta and was going to study at the same school’s Goizuetta Business School in the fall.

Hossain was a person who took his responsibilities seriously and didn’t hesitate to help others, according to his friend and fellow Bangladeshi, Rifat Mursalin.

Hossain had helped him during a tough time and that it “serves as a testament to the kind of person he was. You know, always very loving, caring, helpful, and extremely outgoing.”

Abinta Kabir was another Emory University student who was taken hostage and killed during the eleven-hour standoff in the café.

From Miami, Florida, Kabir was also a student of Emory University’s Oxford College in Georgia. She was also a graduate of the American International School in Dhaka, and had been in the city to visit her relatives.

Kabir was considered sweet, generous, and kind by her friends. Rushay Amarath-Madav, from the same college, said that Kabir was in the habit of lending help to friends and even people she wasn’t personally close with.

Amarath-Madav had once needed a pair of leggings for her dance. Kabir lent her one even though they weren’t close friends.

According to Kabir’s childhood friend, Emma Louisa Jacoby, Kabir was goal-oriented, friendly, and a very skilled athlete.

The Attack

The entire world is left shocked and terrified once again, in light of the terrorist attack on Holey Artisan Bakery, a Dhaka café in Bangladesh.

The country’s prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has declared two days’ mourning for the victims of the tragedy.

Twenty hostages and two police officers were killed during the incident, which occurred during the last few days of the month of Ramadan.

According to the Prime Minister, this was the first act of mass terrorism in Bangladesh.

Although the terrorist group, ISIS, has claimed responsibility of the attack, Bangladesh authorities suspect a different militant group called Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh.

Nothing is certain as investigation is still on-going, while authorities wait for the one surviving attacker, out of seven, who has been hospitalized, and is not yet available for interview because of injuries sustained in the incident.

The attack happened in Gulshan district, an uptown and diplomatic neighborhood area of the city.

Rob Clark admin staff managing editor

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