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American Killed in Mali Terrorist Attack Had Bay Area Ties

An American killed during a terrorist attack in Northern Africa has been identified as 41-year-old Anita Datar, who is from New Jersey and has a brother in San Francisco.

In an emotional statement from his San Francisco home, Sanjeev Datar said:

"It's unbelievable to us that she has been killed in this senseless act of violence and terrorism. She was one of the most kindest and most generous people we know."

Her family on the East Coast, reaction through a family spokesperson late Friday issued the following statement:

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved daughter. She was doing the work she loves."

Her family said she loves helping people and working in advanced global health, which is something she fell in love with as a Peace Corp volunteer 20 years ago.

Datar is among 27 people killed in the hostage attack in Mali where alleged terrorist attacked the capital's most luxurious hotel.

An al Qaeda-linked group, not ISIS, is claiming responsibility for the attack.

Inside the hotel, at least three gunmen armed with grenades and assault rifles held some 170 hostages. The terrorists released those who could prove they were Muslim by reciting passages from the Quran. The rest were killed.

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