White House: US citizen among 20 killed in Bangladesh attack

Bangladeshi soldiers and security personnel sit on top of armored vehicles as they cordon off an area near a restaurant popular with foreigners after heavily armed militants took dozens of hostages, in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, July 2, 2016. Bangladesh forces stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka's Gulshan area Saturday morning, triggering explosions and finding bodies lying in pools of blood. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says a U.S. citizen was among the 20 hostages killed in the attack on a restaurant in Bangladesh.

Spokesman Josh Earnest has confirmed the death Saturday. An identity has not been released.

Earnest says the U.S. government has offered assistance to Bangladeshi authorities as they investigate what happened.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.

Earnest says the attack was a “despicable act of terrorism” and the U.S. stands with Bangladesh and the international community to confront terrorism wherever it occurs.


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