This will make your stomach churn with sadness and leave you speechless. How can such evil have power for so long? It’s time we defeated these swine.
One of the American students killed in the Dhaka terror attack made a final, haunting phone call to her father moments before she was gunned down in the toilets where she hid with her two friends.
Tarishi Jain, 19, was one of three US students and 20 people in total to be gunned down in the Holey Artisan Bakery in an upmarket district of the Bangladeshi capital.
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.
Bangladeshi authorities later confirmed that Tarishi, who was studying Economics at the University of California, was killed alongside fellow US collegiates Abinta Kabir, 18, and Faraaz Hossain, who were both enrolled at the Emory University in Georgia.
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 shooters stormed the cafe armed with assault weapons, pistols and sharp objects before taking more than 30 people hostage.
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.
The Italian foreign ministry confirmed its dead countrymen as: Adele Puglisi, Marco Tondat, Claudia Maria D’Antona, Nadia Benedetti, Vincenzo D’Allestro, Maria Rivoli, Cristian Rossi, Claudio Cappelli, and Simona Monti.
Most of the Italian victims were understood to work in the fashion industry, buying fabrics from Bangladesh.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed that five men and two women died worked for the country’s foreign aid agency and said they ‘were giving their all for the development of Bangladesh’.
All the attackers were from Bangladesh, Police Inspector General Shahidul Hoque told CNN, as ISIS released their grinning pictures online
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed declared two days of mourning for the victims to take place on Sunday and Monday.
She also thanked all those who had expressed their solidarity with Bangladesh, and vowed that terrorism would be exterminated at all costs.
She added: ‘Anyone who believes in religion cannot do such act. They do not have any religion, their only religion is terrorism.’
Army Brigadier General Naim Asraf Chowdhury said: ‘Most of (the hostages) were killed mercilessly by sharp weapons last night.’
On Friday night, Bangladeshi resident Hasnat Karim said he brought his family to the cafe in order to celebrate his daughter’s birthday.