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Kidnapped British boy released in Pakistan

A five-year-old British boy kidnapped while on holiday in Pakistan with his family this month has been released, the British high commission in Islamabad said on Tuesday.

world Updated: Mar 16, 2010 11:23 IST

A five-year-old British boy kidnapped while on holiday in Pakistan with his family this month has been released, the British high commission in Islamabad said on Tuesday.

Sahil Saeed was taken from his grandmother's house in the town of Jhelum, about 100 kilometres (65 miles) south of Islamabad, on March 4.

His relatives said robbers who stole jewellery, cash and demanded a 120,000-dollar ransom took him.

"This is fantastic news. It brings to an end the traumatic ordeal faced by Sahil and his family," British High Commissioner (ambassador) Adam Thomson said in a statement read out by a spokesman for the diplomatic mission.

"I would like to praise the high level of cooperation between UK and Pakistani authorities and in particular I would like to thank the Jhelum police for their role in bringing about the safe return of Sahil," he added.

The British high commissioner gave no details on when, where or how the boy had been released, nor confirmed his current whereabouts.