UFT student Tahmid Hasib Khan arrested after Bangladesh attack


University of Toronto student Tahmid Hasib Khan is one of two men arrested on allegations they were involved in a deadly siege that left 20 dead at a café in Bangladesh.

Khan, 22, and British national Hasnat Karim, 47, were arrested in different areas of the capital of Dhaka, and police were seeking court permission to question them for 10 days, said Masudur Rahman, a Dhaka police spokesman.

Five armed gunmen attacked the Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant on the night of July 1, killing 20 people and holding others inside hostage. Security forces stormed the restaurant on July 2, killing the gunmen and rescuing the remaining 13 hostages. Those killed were nine Italians, seven Japanese, three Bangladeshis and one Indian.

Khan and Karim were known to have been inside the restaurant, but Bangladeshi authorities and police denied having them in custody immediately after the attack. Their families and New York-based Human Rights Watch had appealed for news about them, and said the authorities were holding the men.

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion’s office said at the time that government officials had been in contact with officials in Bangladesh regarding the status of a Canadian permanent resident and were monitoring the situation closely.

Khan, an undergraduate student studying global health at U of T, had travelled to Dhaka to visit family, with plans to go on to Nepal to begin an internship last month.

Police also said there were photographs showing Karim smoking on the rooftop of the building with two of the attackers standing behind him. – CINEWS

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