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Kidnapped British boy released in Pakistan

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 12:10

Islamabad: A five-year-old British boy kidnapped while on holiday in Pakistan with his family this month has been released, the British high commission in Islamabad said Tuesday.
Sahil Saeed was taken from his grandmother`s house in the town of Jhelum, about 100 kilometres (65 miles) south of Islamabad, on March 4.

His relatives said he was taken by robbers who stole jewellery, cash and demanded a 120,000-dollar ransom.

"This is fantastic news. It brings to an end the traumatic ordeal faced by Sahil and his family," British High Commissioner (ambassador) Adam Thomson said in a statement read out by a spokesman for the diplomatic mission.

"I would like to praise the high level of cooperation between UK and Pakistani authorities and in particular I would like to thank the Jhelum police for their role in bringing about the safe return of Sahil," he added.

The British high commissioner gave no details on when, where or how the boy had been released, nor confirmed his current whereabouts.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 12:10

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