20 foreigners, including an Indian girl, were brutally murdered with sharp weapons by ISIS terrorists inside a restaurant popular with expatriates in the diplomatic part of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.
19-year-old Tarishi Jain, who was killed in the Dhaka terror attack, had made a terrified call to her family in Uttar Pradesh from a toilet of the Holey Artisan Bakery as the gunmen went on the rampage. That was at 1.30 a.m. — the last time her family spoke to her.
The Jain family, based in Suhag Nagar area of Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad district, on Saturday recalled the last conversation they had with her during the siege. They said Tarishi called at around 1.30 a.m. and informed that she had locked herself in the toilet of the Cafe as armed assailants opened fire.
“It was around 1.30 a.m. when we got a call from Tarishi. She told us that gunmen were around and that she had locked herself in one of the toilets of the restaurant,” her uncle Rakesh Mohan Jain revealed.
He added that they tried to connect with her but the call went unanswered. It was only answered at 6.30 a.m. but no one spoke from the other end.
Tarishi’s mortal remains will reach Delhi by Jet Airways on Monday July 4, Times of India reports.
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 throats slit, he added.
All hostages killed were foreigners, with most of them being Italian or Japanese. Two senior police officers were also killed. Among those rescued were Sri Lankan and Japanese nationals.
Around 30 people were wounded in the attack claimed by the Islamic State. According to the US-based SITE Intelligence group, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq news agency. Police said they have detained two employees of the eatery for questioning. A US citizen was among those killed , the US State Department later disclosed.
“We can confirm that a US citizen was among those senselessly murdered in this attack,” the department said in a statement but gave no other details about the victim