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Father of kidnap boy ‘back in UK’

The father of a five-year-old British boy held captive in Pakistan has returned to the UK, sources said.

Sahil Saeed, from Oldham in Greater Manchester, was grabbed by gun and grenade-wielding raiders from his grandmother's house on Thursday.

His father Raja Naqqash Saeed was with him on the trip and had remained in the country amid efforts to rescue Sahil.

Police appeared to be no closer to finding Sahil as Mr Saeed reportedly arrived back in Britain.

The BBC reported that police in Pakistan had wanted Mr Saeed to stay in the country as a witness.

The raiders struck as Sahil and his father were preparing to fly home, apparently subjecting the family to a six-hour ordeal after breaking into the house in Jhelum.

Sources close to the family in Shaw, Oldham, said they were unaware that Mr Saeed had returned to the UK.

Sources at Manchester Airport said Mr Saeed arrived back in the UK on a flight from Islamabad at 6.30pm yesterday.

A friend of the family said her brother was on the same flight as Mr Saeed.

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