University of Toronto Student Survives Terrorist Attack in Bangladesh, but Is in Custody as a Suspect

July 13, 2016

Tahmid Hasib Khan,a 22-year-old University of Toronto student, and permanent resident of Canada, has been in custody in Dhaka ever since the July 1 attack. His family doesn't know why he's being held, but they insist Khan is innocent. Tahmid Khan, an undergraduate student studying global health at the University of Toronto, had travelled to Dhaka to visit family, with plans to go on to Nepal where he was to begin an internship this week.



Mr. Khan has been held largely incommunicado by law enforcement in Bangladesh’s capital city of Dhaka for the past week, suspected by the police of being involved in the attack in which gunmen carrying explosives stormed a Dhaka restaurant and the Islamic State took credit.


According to his family, he was meeting friends at an upscale restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic zone when he got caught up in the 10-hour hostage crisis.


A group of young Bangladeshi men held about 35 hostages over night, killing 20 of them, including 17 foreigners from Japan, Italy and India. Two police officers were also killed in the siege.

Khan was detained after the attack ended, and his family fears authorities may suspect him of being linked to the attackers, who have been identified as coming from well-off families.

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