From ABC 7 Los Angeles:
At least 27 people, including one American citizen, are dead in Friday's Mali hotel attack, a senior State Department official tells ABC News.
According to a family member, 41-year-old Anita Datar of New Jersey worked in the Washington D.C. area and was in Mali "...doing what she loved - strengthening public help."
A biography from Tulalens read Datar was a founding board member of the company, which aims to provide health services to under-served communities. She earned degrees from Columbia University's Joseph Mailman School of Public Health and School of International and Public Affairs, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in the 90s.
Heavily armed Islamic extremists seized dozens of hostages at a Radisson hotel, but Malian troops, backed by U.S. and French special forces, swarmed in to retake the building and free many of the terrified captives. Multiple people, including Datar, were killed along with two gunmen during the more than seven-hour siege, a Malian military commander said.