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Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain, a true hero,who died protecting his friends in the terrorist attack at Dhaka cafe

Hossain was the grandson of Latifur Rahman, the Chairman of Transcom was among the 20 hostages killed in the terrorist attack

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  • Hossain may have sacrificed his life as he did not want to leave his two friends behind
  • He, along with two of his friends went out for dinner at Holey Artisan, when several terrorists attacked the place
  • The 20-year-old had only come to Dhaka on May 18 with an intent of spending the summer holidays

It is often said that only a true hero emerges in the face of hard times. One such hero was Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain, a 20-year-old, who lost his life in the Holey Artisan Bakery terrorist attack in Dhaka on July 1.

While the world still wonders in horror, what levels the humanity has stooped to, Hossain stands out as an inspiration that would continue to reaffirm our faith in mankind, when hit with difficult times.

Faraaz with his friend Tarish Jain. Image Source: The New Indian Express
Faraaz with his friend Tarish Jain. Image Source: The New Indian Express

According to a report in Indian Express, it is believed that Hossain may have sacrificed his life as he did not want to leave his two friends behind. This detail was revealed during the questioning of the hostages, who were rescued.

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The report quoting sources said, “Faraaz was given the option of leaving on Friday night, July 1. Since Tarishi and Abinta (his friends) were wearing western clothes, the terrorists asked Faraaz where they were from. He reportedly told them that they were from India and the US — but while Abinta was studying in the US, she was a Bangladeshi citizen.”

He, along with two of his friends went out for dinner at Holey Artisan, when several terrorists attacked the place and took the life of the youth.

Hossain was the grandson of Latifur Rahman, Chairman of Transcom and was among the 20 hostages killed in the terrorist attack.

Son of Simeen Hossain, Managing Director, Eskayef Bangladesh Limited, and Muhammad Waquer Bin Hossain, Faraaz was completing his undergraduate studies at the Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

He had only come to Dhaka on May 18 with an intent of spending the summer holidays.

Hossain had just completed his internship with Kolkata in Pepsico, only a few days before the horror that broke out on Friday, reported Indian Express.

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His elder brother Zaraif described him as “extremely sensitive towards other” person and always “careful” about how his actions would affect those around him.

Mahfuz Anam, the editor of The Daily Star, told The Indian Express, “This incident has struck us closer home because one of our family members have lost their child. My daughter, Tahmima, who is a writer, goes there (Holey Artisan bakery) very often… it is one of the quietest places in town. It is really sad that something like this has happened.”

20 hostages were hacked to death by suspected ISIS militants inside a bakery. Branded as the worst terror attack in Bangladesh, most of those killed were found with their throats slit.  Islamic State group had taken responsibility for the attack through its Amaq news agency, nearly four hours after the hostage crisis unraveled.

Commandos launched an assault on the terrorists, killing six and capturing one alive.

The government, however, blames “homegrown” militant groups and Pakistan’s spy agency ISI for the attack, out rightly rejecting the involvement of the Islamic State.

-This article is modified by Bulbul, a staff-writer at NewsGram. 

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  • Aparna Gupta

    He is really a hero. This type of friendship is rarely seen in present days.

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Fire is seen during fighting in the Islamic State's final enclave, in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria March 17, 2019. VOA

U.S.-backed fighters said they had taken positions in Islamic State’s last enclave in eastern Syria and air strikes pounded the tiny patch of land beside the Euphrates River early on Monday, a Reuters journalist said.

Smoke rose over the tiny enclave as warplanes and artillery bombarded it. Another witness said the jihadists had earlier mounted a counter attack.

“Several positions captured and an ammunition storage has been blown up,” said Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia, on Twitter late on Sunday.

The enclave resembles an encampment, filled with stationary vehicles and rough shelters with blankets or tarpaulins that could be seen flapping in the wind during a lull in fighting as people walked among them.

Backed by air power and special forces from a U.S.-led coalition, the SDF has pushed Islamic State from almost the entire northeastern corner of Syria, defeating it in Raqqa in 2017 and driving it to its last enclave at Baghouz last year.

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The Islamic State group’s last pocket of territory in Baghouz, Syria, as seen from a distance on Sunday, March 17, 2019. VOA

But while its defeat at Baghouz will end its control of populated land in the third of Syria and Iraq that it captured in 2014, the group will remain a threat, regional and Western officials say.

The SDF has waged a staggered assault on the enclave, pausing for long periods over recent weeks to allow surrendering fighters, their families and other civilians to pour out.

Since Jan. 9, more than 60,000 people have left the enclave, about half of them surrendering Islamic State supporters including some 5,000 fighters, the SDF said on Sunday.

People leaving the area have spoken of harsh conditions inside, under coalition bombardment and with supplies of food so scarce some resorted to eating grass.

Last month, the SDF said it had found a mass grave in an area it captured.

Still, many of those who left Baghouz have vowed their allegiance to the jihadist group, which last week put out a propaganda film from inside the enclave calling on its supporters to keep faith.

Suicide attacks on Friday targeted families of Islamic State fighters attempting to leave the enclave and surrender, killing six people, the SDF said.

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Late on Sunday, the Kurdish Ronahi TV station aired footage showing a renewed assault on the enclave, with fires seen to be raging inside and tracer fire and rockets zooming into the tiny area.

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