Police have issued an urgent appeal for information after three young boys were abducted from their foster home in south London by their father.
Bilal Safi, Mohammed Ebrar Safi and Mohammed Yaseen Safi – aged six, five and three – were taken from the garden of the Coulsdon house last Thursday, Metropolitan Police said.
Specialist detectives have launched a manhunt for their father Imran Safi, 26, who is said to have threatened their foster carer with a knife and used force to take the boys, who have not been seen since.
Scotland Yard said the three children were playing in the garden while their foster carer was inside the house on Coulsdon Road when they were taken.
The foster carer, who told officers that Safi threatened her with a knife, did not suffer any serious physical injuries in the incident but is “understandably distressed”, police said.
It is not yet known if Safi, who is an Afghani national and has links to Pakistan, has travelled overseas.
Detectives are working with national and international agencies to identify any travel to a foreign country and an all-ports alert was issued shortly after they were taken.
Scotland Yard is appealing for information regarding the movements of a red Nissan Qashqai car, registration PK13 WFO, throughout last Thursday afternoon in the Croydon area.