New Delhi: A 19-year-old Indian girl, Tarishi Jain, was among the 20 killed by alleged 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," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted.
"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 said in another tweet.
Sources in the Ministry of External Affairs said Tarishi's father has been running a garment business in Bangladesh for last 15-20 years.
An Indian doctor was also taken hostage but was among the eight people rescued on Saturday morning.
According to the sources, Dr. Satyapal speaks fluent Bengali and came out as one of the Bangladeshis. The others rescued are all Bangladeshis.
Twenty foreigners were brutally murdered by the militants inside the restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic zone before commandos launched an assault today killing six attackers and capturing one alive, ending Bangladesh's worst terror attack.
Director of Military Operations Brigadier General Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury said the militants slaughtered 20 hostages before the joint operation led by the armed forces began. Most of those killed were found with their throat slit, he added.
He said the bodies of the victims were recovered during a search in the Holey Artisan Bakery compound after the operation. The bodies were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital morgue for autopsy to confirm their identity.