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Son of al-Qaida suspect returned to Pakistan

world Updated: Sep 17, 2008 10:49 IST

The 12-year-old son of an al-Qaida suspect who was taken into US custody with his mother and held for two months has returned to his relatives in Pakistan. Afghan officials handed the boy over on Monday. Pakistan's foreign ministry said he was with relatives and TV footage showed the boy hugging an aunt after his arrival.

His mother, Aafia Siddiqui, was detained in Afghanistan in July. Siddiqui was taken to a US military base and then to New York, where she faces charges of assault on US personnel in Afghanistan. Siddiqui went to the US in 1990 and studied at various universities. She vanished in Pakistan in 2003.

In 2004, US officials said the FBI wanted to question her about suspected ties to al-Qaida.