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April 13, 2012

TWO-YEAR SEARCH CONTINUES: MISSING MANCHESTER CHILDREN BELIEVED TO BE IN THE TORONTO AREA

Public encouraged to visit MissingKids.ca to study children’s pictures and get involved in the search for Ahmed and Khalid Abubakar

Winnipeg, MB: Tomorrow marks the second-year anniversary that Abdul Abubakar’s two young sons, Ahmed and Khalid Abubakar, were abducted. The boys, now 4 and 6 years of age, were reported missing on April 13th, 2010 after allegedly being abducted by their mother, Anisa Mohamed Ibrahim, from Manchester, England. Since it is suspected they may be living in the Toronto area, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, the Greater Manchester Police and the Toronto Police Service are appealing to the public to study the children’s pictures featured on MissingKids.ca and get involved in the search for these little boys.

“Over the last year we have seen a number of families reunited because of one observant person taking the time to get involved,” said Christy Dzikowicz, Director of MissingKids.ca, the Canadian Centre’s national missing children resource and response centre. “We know that children are found when Canadians take the time to look at the photos of children and become a part of the search. We really believe that these children can be located but we need the public’s help.”

Greater Manchester Police say that on April 9th, 2010, Anisa Mohamed Ibrahim took her two children by bus from London, England to Amsterdam. Ibrahim then travelled with her boys to Frankfurt, Germany, where, on April 13th, 2010, she boarded a plane enroute to Toronto, Ontario, with her children. She is wanted by the Greater Manchester Police for unlawfully abducting the boys. Although Ibrahim and her children’s whereabouts are unknown, police suspect they may still be in the Toronto area and possibly connecting with the Somali community in this region.

“While we have devoted a large amount of police resources to finding Anisa and the two boys since they disappeared, we need the public’s help in order to take this investigation further,” said Detective Inspector Kevin Marriott, who is based out of the South Manchester Crime Operations Unit. “Our priority is to ensure that both boys are located safe and healthy. I am also appealing to the Somalian community worldwide to come forward with any information they have as to the whereabouts of the children and Anisa. We have significant concerns about the well-being of these children.”

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Anisa Mohamed Ibrahim and her children, Ahmed and Khalid Abubakar, are encouraged to contact The Toronto Police Service at 416-808-2222 or the Greater Manchester Police directly at 00 44 161 856 6104; or MissingKids.ca at 1-866-KID-TIPS (543-8477) or online at missingkids.ca.

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For more information please contact:
Carolyn Shimmin, Communications Coordinator, Canadian Centre for Child Protection
Office: (204) 945-8074 Cell: (204) 801-6838
Email: carolyn@protectchildren.ca

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