State Dept: American Victim in Mali Hotel Attack Was an Aid Worker From Md.
The American who died in the attack at a Mali luxury hotel was identified late Friday as Anita Ashok Datar.
Datar, 41, was born in western Massachusetts and grew up in northern New Jersey.
She graduated from Columbia University’s Joseph Mailman School of Public Health and School of International and Public Affairs with an MPH and MPA and served two years in the Peace Corps in Senegal.
She was also a founding member of Tulalens, a not-for-profit organization connecting underserved communities with quality health services, according to the State Department.
Datar was described by her family as the most helpful person they knew.
She is survived by her son, brother and “many, many friends around the world.”
State Department spokesman John Kirby said the siege “concluded” after at least 27 people were killed when gunmen stormed the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako and initially held 150 hostages.
A security ministry spokesman told Reuters the remaining gunmen were still being flushed out on the upper floors of the building.
Secretary of State John Kerry extended his condolences, as did former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who said she knew Datar personally.
We mourn American Anita Datar and all those lost in #MaliAttacks. We extend condolences to family & friends & stand with the Malian people.
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) November 21, 2015
Hillary Clinton knew Anita Datar, the American killed in the Mali attack. pic.twitter.com/dt4bqgMox2
— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) November 21, 2015
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