Four more arrests over kidnapping of three young brothers in south London

Police have made four more arrests over the disappearance of three young brothers kidnapped by their father from a foster home in south London.

The new suspects are all male and were arrested in Ilford, east London, on Friday on suspicion of conspiracy to abduct children and remain in custody.

They are all thought to be known to the boys’ father Imran Safi, 26, who officers believe may have abducted his sons because they were about to be officially adopted.

On Thursday, police put out an urgent appeal after Bilal, Mohammed Ebrar, and Mohammed Yaseen, aged six, five and three, were taken from their home in Coulsdon on Thursday 20 August.

Mr Safi is said to have threatened the boys’ foster mother with a knife before driving off with them in his distinctive red Nissan Qashqai car in Coulsdon Road, Croydon, South London, last Thursday afternoon.

Previously eight individuals were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the incident.

They included:

  • A 25-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man, who were arrested in Kenley on Friday, 21 August
  • Three men, two aged 20 and one aged 17, who were arrested in Croydon on Sunday, 23 August
  • A 25-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man who were arrested in Kenley on Tuesday, 25 August
  • A 33-year-old man who was arrested in Croydon on Tuesday, 25 August

All of the eight individuals have since been bailed to return to a south London police station at a later date.

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