الأربعاء , يونيو 17 2020

Police appeal to 'Syria-bound' family

Clockwise: Asif Malik, 31, Sara Kiran, 29, their daughter Zoha, seven, and three sons Essa, four, Zakariya, two, and Yhaya, one

A family of six who have been reported missing may be travelling to a part of Syria controlled by Islamic State militants, police have said.

Asif Malik, 31, Sara Kiran, 29, their daughter Zoha, seven, and three sons Essa, four, Zakariya, two, and Yhaya, one, were last seen on 7 April.

The family, from Slough in Berkshire, were reported missing on 16 April.

Police called on them to make contact, saying officers were “extremely concerned” for their safety.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said there was “no suggestion [the family] were doing any fighting” in Syria, and added that he was unable to confirm whether they were sympathetic to any group fighting in the country.

‘Extremely dangerous place’

The family left Slough without mentioning any travel plans to relatives and boarded a ferry from Dover to Calais at 00:30 BST on 8 April, police said.

Officers believe they travelled south through Europe, possibly by train, and passed through Budapest, Hungary, on or around 12 April.

Thames Valley Police acting Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: “We are reaching out to Asif and Sara in the hope that they hear our messages, and we encourage them to make contact with us so we can return them safely to their families, who are extremely worried about them.

“We are concerned about anyone who has or is intending to travel to the part of Syria that is controlled by the terrorist group calling themselves Islamic State.

“It is an extremely dangerous place and not a place where young children should be taken.”

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