Student granted bail over deadly cafe attack
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. –