2 Emory Students Among Victims In Bangladesh Militant Attack

Indian activists participate in a candle light vigil protesting the Bangladesh restaurant attack, in Kolkata, India, Saturday, July 2, 2016. Bangladeshi forces stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan area where heavily armed militants held dozens of people hostage Saturday morning, rescuing some captives including foreigners. Banner reads �where will we keep the dead bodies?� (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

This story was updated at 10:55 a.m. 

Two students at Emory University have been identified by the school as among the victims of an attack in Bangladesh that left 20 people dead.

University president James Wagner said in an email to employees that Abinta Kabir was among those killed when militants took hostages at a restaurant in the Southeast Asian nation’s capital of Dhaka on Friday. In a later statement, the university said Faraaz Hossain was among the victims.

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 in the Dhaka attack. Hossain, who was from Dhaka, was an Oxford College graduate and a student at the university’s Goizueta Business School.

Wagner said in the email he had been in touch with Abinta’s mother and that she was in “unspeakable pain” over her daughter’s death. Wagner urged employees to direct their thoughts and prayers to Abinta’s mother and family.

The university said in a statement:

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. In the wake of this terrible loss, the university is offering support to members of our community through counseling services.”