Dhaka cafe attack suspect dies in custody after ‘torture’

Dhaka—A Bangladeshi teenager who police say was a suspect in last week’s deadly attack on a Dhaka cafe has died in custody, with his family insisting he was a hostage and alleging torture by security forces.
Zakir Hossain Shawon, 18, a kitchen assistant at the Holey Artisan Bakery, was arrested after last week’s deadly siege by suspected militants in which 22 people, including 18 foreigners, died.
Police killed five attackers and arrested Shawon together with another man over “suspicious activities”, treating him as a suspect — a claim vehemently rejected by his family, who claim he was taken hostage like other victims. He died in the intensive care unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital late Friday after five days in the clinic, police and his family said.—AFP

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