Wednesday, March 31, 2010

[wvns] British Boy Kidnapped in Pakistan

Militants' hideouts in Orakzai bombed
By Syed Hassan Mahmood
KALAYA, March 25: Military planes attacked militants' hideouts in their stronghold of Mamozai and other areas in Upper Orakzai agency, killing 48 insurgents and injuring 29 on Thursday.

A senior security official put the death toll at 25 to 30 in the Mamozai bombing...


Two held for involvement in boy's kidnapping
By Hamid Asghar, Pakistan
Friday, 26 Mar, 2010

GUJAR KHAN, March 25: Police said on Thursday they had arrested two men believed to be involved in the kidnapping of a British boy early this month.

The Jhelum police paraded the hooded and shackled men at a press conference addressed by Aslam Khan Tareen, additional inspector general of police, Rawalpindi region.

Five-year-old Sahil Saeed was kidnapped from the house of his grandmother in Jhelum in the early hours of March 4. He was freed and left in a field near Jhelum on March 16 after his uncle had paid a 110,000-pound ransom in Paris.

Two Pakistani men and a Romanian women were among five people arrested by police in France and Spain last week along with the ransom money.

Mr Tareen said Interpol and police in Britain, France and Spain played an active role in unearthing the network of criminals based in Europe and Pakistan.

Answering a question, one of the hooded suspects said: "We had not planned to kidnap the boy".

The police officer said that four men had barged into the house in Jhelum with the intention of robbing it, and then seized upon the kidnapping plot.

The alleged kidnappers have been identified as Safeer from Lala Musa and Imran from Rawalpindi.

Mr Tareen said the gang was involved in at least 22 cases of kidnapping, murder and robbery and a search for their accomplices was under way.

He accused the arrested suspects of being fully involved in the kidnapping and claimed that they had confessed to having committed the crime.

"They are hardened criminals. Imran was earlier involved in a case of kidnapping for ransom and had killed the kidnapped man when ransom was not paid," he added.



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