Instead of leaving his friends behind to get slaughtered, this man did a more heroic act. His parents should be proud. Now let’s retaliate against ISIS.
One of the US students killed in the Dhaka terror attack spurned his hostage takers’ offer to walk free – deciding to stay and die with his two female friends instead.
Emory student Faraaz Hossain was one of around 20 customers and as many staff inside the Holey Artisan Bakery when seven ISIS extremists armed with guns and ‘sharp objects’ burst in.
He and Abinta Kabir, 18, who was also enrolled at Emory, and Berkeley student Tarishi Jain, 19, were among the 20 people hacked to death inside the blood stained cafe.
‘We will not kill Bengalis. We will only kill foreigners,’ one of the terrorists is said to have shouted as customers and staff trembled with fear, trying desperately to stay out of sight.
After almost a 12-hour stand-off, the gunmen released a group of women dressed in traditional Islamic hijabs and Hossain the chance to leave because of his Bengali ancestry, his nephew told the New York Times.
He refused after the terrorists denied his friends, who said they were from India and the United States, the same opportunity.
One of his slain friends, Jain, made a haunting phone call to her father as the three friends cowered in a toilet cubicle.
With gunfire in her ears and sheer panic in her voice, she called her father to say: ‘I am very afraid… I’m not sure whether I will be able to come out alive.’
‘They are killing everyone here… I think we will be killed one by one,’ she added in the heart-breaking call, made just before 6am in the morning as round after round of gunfire rang out just outside the toilet doors.
They would often hang out at the Holey Artisan Bakery, famed for its bagels, croissants and coffee, the India Times reported.
Witnesses told of how seven Islamist terrorists stormed the cafe armed with assault weapons, pistols and sharp objects before taking more than 30 people hostage.
They yelled ‘Allahu Akbar!’ as they fired indiscriminately inside the busy bakery, sending customers scurrying for cover underneath tables and chairs, CNN reported.
One of the survivors, waiter Diego Rossini, ran upstairs and jumped from a second floor window onto the roof of a neighboring building. Other staffers survived by hiding out in an overheated, claustrophobic restroom which was being used to store flour and yeast.
Inside the bakery – chaos and cruelty ensued. The gunman are said to have split up non-Muslims from Muslims. who were given food and water.
They ordered staff to make food for the Muslims so they could eat before starting their Ramadan fast, which requires them to abstain from food and drink during sunlight hours.
One of the cafe’s bakers tried to escape but the terrorists caught him, strapped him to a chair and tied bombs and gas canisters to his body.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, releasing photos of the grinning killers, but Bangladeshi authorities have denied the despotic terror group was responsible.
Authorities today released the first names of the five attackers – Akash, Badhon, Bikash, Don and Ripon – who are all said to come from ‘rich’ Bangladeshi families.
‘They are all Bangladeshis. They are from rich families, they have good educational background,’ the country’s Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said.
He said the men were part of a homegrown Sunni Muslim terror group known as of Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh and their motive is as yet unknown.
Today it emerged that Bangladesh’s police had previously tried and failed to arrest five of the militants who hacked 20 people to death – sparing only those who could recite the Koran.
As investigators try to confirm any possible links they may have had to international extremest groups, it was revealed that five of them were already ‘listed as militants’ and that law enforcers had tried to arrest them before.
They killed nine Italians, seven Japanese, an Indian, an American and two local men before elite commandos ended the 12-hour standoff by raiding the bakery, shooting six terrorists and arresting one.
It has since been claimed that Tarishi was one of the hostages who may have been tortured before she was killed. ‘That was apparent from the injuries,’ an unnamed source told the Indian Express.
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has declared two days of national mourning after the massacre in the upmarket Gulshan district of the city.
In a statement made on national TV, she said: ‘It was an extremely heinous act. What kind of Muslims are these people? They don’t have any religion.’
Emory sophomore Kabir, was from Miami, Florida, while Hossain was born in Bangladesh and Jain was of Indian origin.
A university spokesman said: ‘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.’
Meanwhile UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks issued a statement on Jain’s death, saying: ‘We have been in contact with her family to provide assistance in any way that we can and are working closely with our other students there to assist them in staying safe and determining whether they leave the area.
‘On behalf of our entire campus, we send our deepest condolences to her family and friends and to all the other families who have suffered such a devastating loss.’
A graduate of the American International School in Dhaka, Jain came to UC Berkeley in 2014 and was intending to major in economics.
Jain and seven other students were completing internships with UC Berkeley’s Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, according to statement from the university.