A week ago reports were made that a man who had abducted three children from their London foster home at knifepoint had disappeared with them.
Imran Safi appeared at an address in Coulsdon Road, Croydon, at about 6 pm on 20 August was he abducted three young boys. Bial Safi, 6, Ebrar Safi, 5 and Mohammed Yaseen Safi, 3 were playing in the garden when they were abducted.
Commander Jon Savell said: “Safi was in possession of a knife and the foster mother was assaulted in order to get control over her so he could get the three boys away. Thankfully there were only minor injuries but she was very shaken.”
The 26-year-old fled with the three boys in a red Nisan Qashqai which had since been recovered by the police. According to the police the youngsters are not believed to be at “imminent risk of physical harm”.
Eight members of Imran Safi`s family had been arrested in connection with the case of the three youngsters. However, as enquiries were still in progress the two women and six men were released on bail.
It is believed that “this was a planned event, and other people may have been involved”, as the police have tried using all investigative techniques but could not find the children.
“Our absolute priority at this moment in time is the welfare of these three children. They have been taken from a place of safety and we are growing increasingly concerned about their wellbeing, particularly as we remain in the midst of a global health crisis”, Mr Savell said.
Detectives have asked anyone with information on the movements of the red Nissan Qashqai, Mr Safi or the boys to contact them.