State Dept. confirms American killed in Bangladesh attack
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One U.S. citizen was among those killed in an attack at a Bangladesh bakery Friday, the U.S. State Department confirmed. 


The department did not release the name of the victim. 

"The United States joins the people of Bangladesh in condemning the brutal act of terrorism in Dhaka," the department said in a statement.

"We offer our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the twenty or more civilians slain and Bangladeshi law enforcement officials who were killed or injured responding to the attack. We can confirm that a U.S. citizen was also among those senselessly murdered in this attack."

Twenty hostages were killed after gunmen in Bangladesh took captives at a bakery. Thirteen were rescued.

Bangladeshi military officials told CNN the attackers used guns, explosive devices and "a lot of sharp domestic weapons,” and that all hostages killed were foreigners.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has claimed credit for the attack, but U.S. officials were not certain.
The attack on Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, the nation’s capital, took place during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
The gunmen held the hostages during a 10-hour standoff. 

Three U.S. college students were also reported as victims. 

Emory University President James Wagner said in emails to staff Saturday that Faraaz Hossain, from Dhaka, and Abinta Kabir, from Miami, were two of those killed in the attacks. 

Also among the murdered hostages was 19-year-old Indian citizen Tarushi Jain, a student at University of California at Berkeley, according to CNN.