03/07/2016 8:34 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST

19-Year-Old Indian Girl Among 20 Dead In Bangladesh Terror Attack

NEW DELHI -- An Indian girl was among 20 foreigners who were hacked to death by ISIS militants in a terror attack at a restaurant in Bangladesh capital's high-security diplomatic zone.

"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.

According to government sources, Tarushi Jain was a student at University of California, Berkeley in the United States and was on vacation in Dhaka. Her father, Sanjeev Jain, runs a garment business in Bangladesh, reported Business Standard.

While another Indian who was taken hostage, a doctor, was released by the militants as he spoke fluent Bengali.

Dr Satyapal was spared and kept as a hostage, along with some others, as he spoke fluent Bengali and was taken to be a Bangladeshi.

Heavily armed militants chanting “Allahu Akbar” asked hostages to recite Quranic verses and those who couldn’t were killed, eyewitnesses were quoted saying.

Twenty foreigners were brutally murdered by the militants inside the restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic zone before commandos launched an assault yesterday, 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.

(With PTI Inputs)

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