Three little brothers snatched from their foster mom at knifepoint a yr in the past are nonetheless lacking and police admit they don’t know the place they’re.
Imran Safi, 27, vanished with his sons Yaseen, then aged three, Ebrar, 5, and six-year-old Bilal after plotting with others, say police.
However 100 officers, wide public appeals, an Interpol marketing campaign and ports and border alerts have failed to seek out any significant hint of them.
Detective Chief Inspector Dan O’Sullivan mentioned: “We have been at all times some steps behind Safi and the youngsters due to the planning he did.
“He was in a position to depart the UK by some clandestine means and we attraction for anybody with data to contact us.
“The youngsters are nonetheless very younger, and weak.
“The household is from Kabul and so they could probably be in Afghanistan.
“We have liaised with our counterparts there, however discovered nothing.
“We’re nonetheless involved for his or her security.”
In the first few weeks police arrested 16 suspects, all Afghans, and certainly one of them a passenger in Mr Safi’s automobile through which it’s thought the boys have been pushed away, however all have been ultimately launched from the investigation.
Police say Mr Safi threatened the boys’ foster mom with a knife and tied her up earlier than vanishing with the boys in Croydon, south London.
An enormous drawback for police is the shortage of assist from the boys’ group, certainly one of whom informed Sky Information: “We do not know the place they’re, however wherever it’s they’re higher off with their father than they might be in care.”
There’s a warrant for Mr Safi’s arrest and the boys have been the topic of Interpol Yellow Notices, which alert police around the globe that they’re lacking and weak.
On the household’s native mosque, concern for the boys is felt extra deeply than it was a yr in the past.
Women chief Rabi Dopo, who takes care of youngsters attending spiritual training, mentioned: “I used to be watching the tv information, breaking information, and I noticed the dad after which I noticed the youngsters and I mentioned: ‘Oh my God that is our youngsters. What occurred to them?’
“I am so anxious if they’re in Afghanistan. That nation isn’t any good now, so the place will they go there? They must be right here to be protected.”
After a yr of what police describe as an “intensive” investigation, they seem no nearer discovering the boys and their father than the day they vanished.