Stu­dent granted bail over deadly cafe at­tack

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A BANGLADESH court granted bail to a stu­dent of Canada’s Univer­sity of Toronto af­ter po­lice dropped charges against him over al­leged in­volve­ment in the coun­try’s dead­li­est ter­ror­ist at­tack, po­lice and a lawyer said.

Tah­mid Ha­sib Khan was picked up by se­cu­rity forces and later ar­rested af­ter he was named as a suspect in the July car­nage at Ho­ley Ar­ti­san Bak­ery, Dhaka, where Is­lamist ex­trem­ists killed at least 22 mostly for­eign hostages.

Mr Khan’s fam­ily ve­he­mently protested his in­no­cence, say­ing the 22-year-old was in the cafe as a cus­tomer and was not as­so­ci­ated with the five gun­men who hacked and shot to death the hostages in an at­tack claimed by Is­lamic State group.

Po­lice on Oc­to­ber 2 said in­ves­ti­ga­tors had not found any ev­i­dence against Mr Khan, prompt­ing a court to grant his bail, of­fi­cials said.

Po­lice con­firmed in Au­gust that Mr Khan and Bri­tish cit­i­zen Has­nat Karim, of Bangladeshi ori­gin, had been ar­rested and were being held.

Both were inside the bak­ery when gun­men raided the cafe on the night of July 1, tak­ing a group of mainly Western din­ers hostage and killing 20 of them, along with two po­lice­men.

It was later learned that Mr Khan, who is a Bangladeshi cit­i­zen, was back in his home­land while on leave from univer­sity.

Po­lice also named a Cana­dian cit­i­zen, Tamim Chowd­hury, as the at­tack’s mas­ter­mind, say­ing his Bangladeshi group Ja­mayetul Mu­jahideen Bangladesh, not IS, car­ried out the at­tack.

Mr Chowd­hury was killed in a gun­fight just out­side the cap­i­tal later in Au­gust. –

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