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Kosovo ‘Jihad’ Boy Rescued After Syria Secret Operation

An eight-year-old boy from Kosovo has been reunited with his mother after his jihadist father kept him for five months in Syria.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, said the country’s intelligence agency had found and rescued Erion Abazi with help from Turkish intelligence.

It was a “complicated and dangerous” operation, which followed careful analysis, Mr Thaci said in a statement.

About 200 Kosovans are believed to be with Islamist groups in Iraq and Syria.

The boy’s mother, Pranvera Zena, had made a public appeal for the return of her son when he was taken against her will in June 2014.

She also set up a Facebook page and made appearances in Kosovo and Albania.

Thaci did not give details of the rescue operation, which was authorised by him and the country’s president, Atifete Jahjaga.

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