New Jersey native killed in Mali hotel shooting

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Anita Datar, 41, was killed when terrorists stormed a Mali hotel. (Family photo)

Anita Datar, 41, was killed when terrorists stormed a Mali hotel. (Family photo)

FLANDERS, N.J. — A New Jersey native was killed Friday after a terrorists opened fire at guests staying at a hotel in Mali’s capital.

At least 21 people were killed in the attack.

“These people started shooting. They were shooting at everybody without asking a single question. They were shooting at anything that moved,” Tamba Couye said of the attack at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako.

Couye, who was working in the hotel restaurant, said he heard someone yell “Allahu akbar.” The attackers sounded like they were from northern Mali, he told “Erin Burnett OutFront.”

One of the victims, Anita Datar, 41, was a graduate of Mount Olive High School in Flanders, N.J.

"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 brother Sanjeev Datar said in a statement to CNN. "Anita was one of the kindest and most generous people we know."

Anita was an international development worker who lived in Maryland.

Datar worked at Palladium, an international development firm with offices in Washington. She is remembered as being passionate about her career.

"We know that she would want to promote education and healthcare to prevent violence and poverty at home and abroad, not intolerance," Sanjeev said.

Prior to moving to Maryland, she went to Rutgers University for her undergraduate degree and then Columbia University for a master's in public health.

She is the only known American to have died in the attack.

CNN contributed to this report.