Islamic State group claims Bangladesh siege
The Islamic State group has claimed at an attack on an upscale Bangladesh restaurant in which militants killed 20 hostages, saying it targeted the citizens of "Crusader countries" in the capital, Dhaka.
The statement was circulated by supporters of the group on the Telegram messaging service Saturday. It resembled previous statements released by the extremist group.
Nine of the dead hostages were Italian, seven were Japanese and one was Indian, according to those countries.
It was not immediately clear if the Islamic State leadership in Syria and Iraq was involved in the planning the attack. IS has previously claimed attacks carried out by so-called lone wolf attackers with no known connection to the group.
Emory University says two of its students were among 20 victims of an extremist attack in Bangladesh.
University president James Wagner said in emails to employees that Faraaz Hossain and Abinta Kabir were killed after militants took hostages at a restaurant in the South Asian nation’s capital of Dhaka and engaged in a 10-hour standoff ending Saturday morning.
Kabir was a student at the school’s campus in Oxford. She was visiting family and friends in Bangladesh when she was taken hostage and killed. Hossain had completed his second year at Oxford and was headed to the business school in the fall.
School spokeswoman Elaine Justice says Kabir was from Miami, Florida, and Hossain was from Dhaka.
Meanwhile, India confirms the death of Tarushi Jain, 18, student at University of California-Berkeley, who was visiting her businessman father in Bangladesh.