At least three university students studying in the U.S. were victims of the terrorist attack that took place at a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Emory University says two of its students, Abinta Kabir and Faraaz Hossain, were among the 20 victims of the attack, which began Friday night and ended Saturday morning. A third student, Tarushi Jain, who attended University of California at Berkeley, was also killed in the attack.
Kabir was visiting family and friends in Bangladesh when she was taken hostage and killed.
Emory University President James Wagner said that Kabir's mother, with whom he had spoken to, was in "unspeakable pain" upon receiving news of the death of her daughter.
"Please, as you are inclined, direct your kindest thoughts and sincerest prayers in her behalf and that of her family," Wagner wrote.
"Emory University has learned that two Emory students, Abinta Kabir and Faraaz Hossain, were among those taken hostage and murdered by terrorists yesterday in the attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Abinta, who was from Miami, was a rising sophomore at Emory’s Oxford College. Faraaz, who was from Dhaka, was a graduate of Oxford College and a student at the university’s Goizueta Business School.
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.
In the wake of this terrible loss, the university is offering support to members of our community through counseling services."
Kabir was visiting family and friends in Bangladesh when she was taken hostage and killed. Hossain, who was from Dhaka, had completed his second year at Oxford and was headed to the business school in the fall.
School spokeswoman Elaine Justice says Kabir was from Miami, Florida, and Hossain was from Dhaka. Jain, 19, was an Indian citizen, according to India’s minister of external affairs, Sushma Swaraj.
All three were killed after militants took hostages at a restaurant in and engaged in a 10-hour standoff ending Saturday morning.
The Islamic State is claiming responsibility for the terrorist attack, according to The Associated Press.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.