3 US students, one a US citizen, killed in Bangladesh attack

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WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) - Three students at universities in the United States, including a U.S. citizen and an Indian citizen, were among those killed in a militant attack in Bangladesh, university officials, the Indian government and a source said on Saturday.

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The State Department confirmed one U.S. citizen was killed, but gave no details.

"We can confirm that a U.S. citizen was also among those senselessly murdered in this attack," it said in a statement. The White House condemned the attack in the country's capital Dhaka, which it said resulted in as many as 20 deaths, including that of the American.

"We remain in contact with Bangladeshi authorities and have offered any assistance necessary," it said.

Islamic State claims to be responsible for one of the most brazen attacks in the South Asian nation's history, killing more than a dozen foreigners in an attack on a restaurant before security forces stormed the building and ended a 12-hour standoff on Saturday.

A State Department official said the department was not aware that any more U.S. citizens had been among the hostages.

Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, said two of its students were killed in the attack and an Indian government official said an Indian citizen who was a student at the University of California at Berkeley was among the dead.

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DHAKA, BANGLADESH - JULY 1: An injured police officer is seen after armed attackers attack to a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 1, 2016. (Photo by Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DHAKA, BANGLADESH - JULY 1: Police officers take security measures after armed attackers attack to a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 1, 2016. (Photo by Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DHAKA, BANGLADESH - JULY 1: Police officers take security measures after armed attackers attack to a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 1, 2016. (Photo by Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DHAKA, BANGLADESH - JULY 2: Bangladeshi security stand guard near a restaurant that has been attacked by unidentified gunmen in the early hours of July 2, 206 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Gunmen have taken at least 20 foreigners hostage at a restaurant in the diplomatic area of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. (Photo by Mahmud Hossain Opu/Getty Images)
DHAKA, BANGLADESH - JULY 2: Bangladeshi police take cover near a restaurant that has been attacked by unidentified gunmen in the early hours of July 2, 206 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Gunmen have taken at least 20 foreigners hostage at a restaurant in the diplomatic area of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. (Photo by Mahmud Hossain Opu/Getty Images)
Bangladeshi security personnel stand guard after gunmen stormed a restaurant in Dhaka's high-security diplomatic district early on July 2, 2016. Gunmen stormed a crowded restaurant popular with foreigners in the Bangladeshi capital on July 1 night, apparently taking diners hostage and sparking a firefight with police in which at least two officers were killed, police and witnesses said. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Bangladeshi police officers take cover as a man lies on the ground near the Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant during an attack by unidentified gunmen in Dhaka's high-security diplomatic district on July 2, 2016. Gunmen stormed a crowded restaurant popular with foreigners in the Bangladeshi capital on July 1 night, apparently taking diners hostage and sparking a firefight with police in which at least two officers were killed, police and witnesses said. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
DHAKA, BANGLADESH - JULY 1: Bangladeshi security forces take security measures after armed attack held to a restaurant at a diplomatic area in Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 1, 2016. (Photo by Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DHAKA, BANGLADESH - JULY 1: Bangladeshi security forces take security measures after armed attack held to a restaurant at a diplomatic area in Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 1, 2016. (Photo by Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DHAKA, BANGLADESH - JULY 1: Bangladeshi security forces take security measures after armed attack held to a restaurant at a diplomatic area in Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 1, 2016. (Photo by Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DHAKA, BANGLADESH - JULY 1: An ambulance is seen at the site after armed attack held to a restaurant at a diplomatic area in Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 1, 2016. (Photo by Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Bangladeshi security personnel stand guard after gunmen stormed a restaurant in Dhaka's high-security diplomatic district early on July 2, 2016. Gunmen stormed a crowded restaurant popular with foreigners in the Bangladeshi capital on July 1 night, apparently taking diners hostage and sparking a firefight with police in which at least two officers were killed, police and witnesses said. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
DHAKA, BANGLADESH - JULY 1: Bangladeshi security forces take security measures after armed attack held to a restaurant at a diplomatic area in Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 1, 2016. (Photo by Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Hostage situation near Dhaka, Bangladesh still fluid but State Dept says all US citizens working for chief of mission accounted for.
An unidentified security personnel is taken for medical attention after a group of gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, July 1, 2016. A group of gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital on Friday night, taking hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces, according to a restaurant staff member and local media reports. (AP Photo)
Bangladeshi security personnel stand guard near a restaurant that has reportedly been attacked by unidentified gunmen in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, July 1, 2016. Local media reported that a group of attackers took hostages inside a restaurant frequented by both locals and foreigners in a diplomatic zone in Bangladesh's capital. (AP Photo)
People help an unidentified injured person after a group of gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, July 1, 2016. A group of gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital on Friday night, taking hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces, according to a restaurant staff member and local media reports. (AP Photo)
Bangladeshi security personnel stand guard near a restaurant that has reportedly been attacked by unidentified gunmen in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, July 1, 2016. Local media reported that a group of attackers took hostages inside a restaurant frequented by both locals and foreigners in a diplomatic zone in Bangladesh's capital. (AP Photo)
DHAKA, BANGLADESH - JULY 2: An injured Bangladeshi policeman being assisted after a granade attack at a restaurant nearby in the early hours of July 2, 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Gunmen have taken at least 20 foreigners hostage at a restaurant in the diplomatic area of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. So-called Islamic State have claimed reponsibility for the attack, which has reportedly left at least 2 police officers dead and many more people injured. (Photo by Mahmud Hossain Opu/Getty Images)
DHAKA, BANGLADESH - JULY 02 : Bangladeshi police stand guard outside the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe, currently under a hostage siege by armed gunmen in Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 02, 2016. Multiple foreigners are being held hostage by eight or nine gunmen at O'kitchen restaurant, in the same building as the the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe - a location popular with expatriates and diplomats. A gun battle between the attackers and police wounded three people, including two officers. Police and security forces have sealed off the area in the city's Gulshan district and are trying to negotiate a hostage release. (Photo by zakir hossain chowdhury/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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"The Emory community mourns this tragic and senseless loss," the university said in a statement. Undergraduate Abinta Kabir and Goizueta Business School graduate student Faraaz Hossain were the two victims from Emory, the statement said. Emory said Kabir was from Miami and Hossain was from Dhaka.

A source with knowledge of the situation said that the U.S. citizen confirmed by the State Department was one of the Emory students.

Tarushi Jain, 19, was the Berkeley student victim, India's minister of external affairs, Sushma Swaraj, wrote on Twitter.

"I have spoken to her father Shri Sanjeev Jain and conveyed our deepest condolences. The country is with them in this hour of grief," the minister wrote. "I monitored this personally the whole night."

Jain had previously graduated from the American School Dhaka, the minister tweeted.

A spokesman for the University of California at Berkeley confirmed a student was among the dead from the Dhaka attack and said the university would issue a statement later on Saturday. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom in Washington, Fiona Ortiz in Chicago and Daniel Wallis in New York City; Editing by David Clarke and Marguerita Choy)

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