DHAKA, BANGLADESH (CBS News) – Three US college students are among the 22 victims of the terror attack and hostage crisis in Bangladesh that began Friday night.
Amateur video captured the gunfire and explosions when commandos moved in to end a 10 hour hostage crisis in Bangladesh.
At least 28 people were killed in the attack in the capital city of Dhaka- twenty hostages, two police officers and six gunmen.
Some of the more than a dozen hostages who were able to escape described horrific hours inside a popular Spanish restaurant in the city’s diplomatic zone.
They said the attackers asked the hostages to recite verses from the Quran.
If they could not, they were tortured and killed.
Most of the hostages who were murdered were foreigners.
Nine were from Italy, seven from Japan, and three were attending college in the US.
Two were Emory University students in Georgia: American citizen Abinta Kabir who was from Miami and Faraaz Hossain – a business school student from Dhaka.
“They are very good students. They had a bright future. That’s why they came here to do higher study,” said Jahangir Hossain, President of the Bangladesh Association of Georgia.
The third student, Tarishi Jain, was a sophomore at University of California, Berkeley.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack saying it was targeting what it called, “citizens of crusader countries.”
The prime minister of Bangladesh called for two days of national mourning.
26 people were injured in the attack, most of them police officers. Hospital staff say six are on life support.