An Emory University student from Miami was among those taken hostage and killed by terrorists in an attack in Bangladesh Friday, the school said in a statement.
Abinta Kabir was visiting her family and friends in Dhaka when heavily armed gunmen stormed an upscale cafe in the Bangladeshi capital. The seige at the Holey Artisan Bakery killed 20 people, many of them foreigners.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered flags in the state to fly at half-staff Sunday in honor on Kabir, calling her death a “senseless act of terror."
Kabir was a sophomore at Emory University's Oxford, Georgia, campus.
Emory University President James Wagner said in a statement: "I was able to reach Abinta’s mother, who is in unspeakable pain. Please, as you are inclined, direct your kindest thoughts and sincerest prayers in her behalf and that of her family. "
Another Emory student, Faraaz Hossain, was also killed in the attack. Hossain, who was from Dhaka, graduated from Emory's Oxford College this year. He was preparing to start at the university's business school in the fall.
According NBC News, 20 people have been killed and 13 others were rescued in the attack by suspected Islamist militants.