Dhaka – The Canadian university student arrested on suspicion of having links to a deadly cafe attack in the Bangladeshi capital, has been cleared of the charges, investigators said on Wednesday.
A court in Dhaka cleared Tahmid Hasib Khan, a student of Toronto University, after investigators appealed for clearing him of the charges, officer Humayun Kabir told reporters.
The order for clearance came two days after he was released on bail on Sunday as the investigators from counterterrorism unit said he had no links to the attack. He appeared before the crowded courtroom during the Wednesday’s hearing.
Kabir, also an investigator of the café attack, said he (Khan) and a private university teacher, Hasnat Karim, were arrested on suspicion on August 3. But both of them remained missing for nearly a month after the investigators quizzed along with all other hostages at the detective branch unit of police.
Karim is in jail since he was charged for the attack.
Police said the duo was arrested from Dhaka’s Tejgaon link road and Basundhara residential area on August 3.
Nine Italian, seven Japanese, two Bangladeshis, one Indian and one Bangladesh-born US citizen were killed after Islamist militants attacked Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan diplomatic area on July 1.
Five militants, a chef who was believed to be an associate of the attackers and two police officers were also killed during a commando operation following the attack.
Police have killed at least 14 suspected militants, including a Bangladeshi-born Canadian man, in the last three months as part of counter-terrorism raids launched after the cafe attack.