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UK Muslim couple held in Moldova

Published 05/05/2015

Asif Malik and Sara Kiran and their four young children travelling through the port of Dover (Thames Valley Police CCTV)
Asif Malik and Sara Kiran and their four young children travelling through the port of Dover (Thames Valley Police CCTV)

A British Muslim couple arrested in Turkey amid fears they were travelling to Syria with their four young children have been detained in Mold ova.

Asif Malik, 31, and his partner Sara Kiran, 29, were held in the Turkish capital Ankara with their children last month.

It is thought they have been further arrested in Moldova after being deported from Turkey.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We can confirm the detention of a British family in Moldova.

"We are working closely with UK and Moldavian authorities to help ensure their well-being.

"We will not comment further on cases involving minors."

The family from Slough, Berks, were seen boarding a ferry from Dover to Calais on April 8 and reported missing on April 16.

Ms Kiran's relatives made an emotional appeal earlier for her to get in touch, saying "we miss you".

The couple have a seven-year-old daughter named Zoha Malik, and sons Essa, four, Zakariya, two, and Yhaya, one.

Thames Valley Police stressed last month that the family's disappearance was still a missing persons inquiry.

But the force expressed concern that they appeared to be travelling towards Syria, where brutal jihadi group Islamic State (Isil) is fighting to establish a Muslim caliphate.

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