U.S. State Department Announces Identity of American Victim at Mali Massacre
The State Department announced today that there was at least one American who was killed in the hostage crisis when Islamic extremists took over a hotel in Mali.
The woman who was killed is Anita Datar, a senior manager at Palladium Group who lived in Maryland. NBC reported on an account from a member of her family, who said that she was dedicated to her work, and that she was in Mali “doing what she loved — strengthening public health.”
“We are devastated that Anita is gone — it’s unbelievable to us that she has been killed in this senseless act of violence and terrorism,” her family stated:
Everything she did in her life she did to help others — as a mother, public health expert, daughter, sister and friend. And while we are angry and saddened that she has been killed, we know that she would want to promote education and healthcare to prevent violence and poverty at home and abroad, not intolerance.
The crisis took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako this morning, when the extremists armed with grenades and AK-47s took 170 people hostage inside the hotel. Twenty-one people were reported dead from the attack, with an extra 6 hospitalized with injuries; Mali has declared a 10-day state of emergency in the wake of the attack.
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