Twenty foreigners including Indian national, Tarishi Jain, were brutally murdered with sharp weapons by ISIS militants inside a restaurant popular with expatriates here in the high-security diplomatic zone before elite commandos stormed the cafe today and killed them, ending Bangladesh’s worst hostage crisis.
Indian national, Tarishi Jain, 19, who was killed in the Dhaka terror attack, was reportedly a BA Economics student of Berkeley College, University of California. In fact, she was awarded an internship program by Eastern Bank Limited in 2016 and her project was on ‘EBL-commerce growth opportunity in Bangladesh’. Her father, Sanjeev Jain, is reported to be a textile merchant based in Dhaka. eanwhile, Tarishi’s cousin brother Sirish today said, “We are saddened, want to go to Dhaka, MEA is helping us in formalities.”
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.
“Army Para commando Unit-1 led the operation and killed six terrorists within 13 minutes,” Chowdhury told reporters. “During operations, we rescued 13 people including one Japanese and two Sri Lankan citizens.” he added.
The mission codenamed ‘Operation Thunderbolt’ was launched after the Prime Minister ordered the army to intervene to end the hostage crisis, he said.
All 20 hostages killed were foreigners, with most being Italian or Japanese. Two senior police officers were also killed in the gunbattle that began last night.
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.