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Takoma Park woman killed in Mali hotel siege

An international development worker from Takoma Park, Md. was sole American killed during a siege on a luxury hotel in Mali, family members said in a statement. 

As first reported by our editorial partners at The Washington Post, Anita Datar was one of up to 27 people killed after extremists stormed the Radisson Blu hotel in downtown Bamako, which is Mali's capital.

Up to 27 dead in Mali hotel siege; one American slain

Al-Mourabitoun, an al-Qaeda-linked group based in northern Mali, has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the Post.

Datar worked for Palladium, an international development firm with offices in D.C. Datar was also a founding board member for Tulalens, an organization that connects under-served communities to health services. 

The company released the following statement about her death:

We are deeply saddened to confirm the tragic loss of our friend and colleague Anita Datar, who was killed during the attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali on November 20, 2015.

Ms Datar was in Mali along with two colleagues, both of whom were safely evacuated from the hotel.

Ms Datar had spent more than a decade pursuing global public health, specifically reproductive health and HIV. Most recently, she was the Senior Director for Field Programs for HP+, a USAID-funded health policy project focused on improving reproductive health in developing countries. She will be remembered as a dedicated humanitarian and a trusted and beloved colleague.

On behalf of everyone at Palladium, we extend our condolences to her family and friends. Our thoughts are with her loved ones.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Datar graduated from Rutgers University in 1995 before going to graduate school at Columbia University. 

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