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U of T student released on bail after months in jail related to terrorist attack

By The Canadian Press   

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DHAKA, Bangladesh — A student from the University of Toronto who was being held in relation to terrorist attacks in Bangladesh has reportedly been freed on bail.

Bangladeshi media outlets are reporting Tahmid Hasib Khan was released Sunday.

Khan, 22, a permanent resident of Canada, was arrested without charges in August.

Five armed gunmen attacked the Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant on the night of July 1, killing 20 people and holding others hostage.

Security forces stormed the restaurant, killing the gunmen and rescuing the remaining 13 hostages.

Nine Italians, seven Japanese, three Bangladeshis and one Indian died.

Khan’s family and friends have said they hadn’t heard from him between the time of the attack and his arrest. They’ve said that Khan was a survivor of the attack, and is not responsible. They said he was with friends at the bakery when the gunmen attacked.

Another Canadian, who police in Bangladesh accused of masterminding the attack, was killed when officers raided a two story house near the capital Dkaha in August.

Police alleged Tamim Chowdhury was the driving force behind both the cafe attack and another attack outside Dhaka later in July.

It’s believed Chowdhury once lived in Windsor, Ont.

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