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Amin Abdulla Abdulhameed

Bahrain burial set for kidnap victim

Manama, May 8, 2014

A 17-year-old student who was kidnapped and executed in Pakistan after his relatives in Bahrain failed to pay a BD78,000 ($205,800) ransom will be buried in the kingdom tomorrow (May 9).

The body of Amin Abdulla Abdulhameed is due to arrive on a flight from Pakistan later today, reported the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.

He was shot in the head and dumped in a forest in Baluchistan's Mastung district. His abductors increased their demand from initial BD18,000 after snatching Amin on March 1 as he shopped in a market in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

Amin's body was discovered by police on Tuesday morning after the kidnappers called one of his cousins and told them of the execution at 6am Bahrain time.

Police in Pakistan are now trying to track down the killers.

"We haven't arrested anyone in this case, but are hoping to locate the abductors and killers soon," district police officer Abdulrauf Barraich told the GDN yesterday.

"The case is very sensitive and concerned authorities are still investigating."

Amin was a Bahraini national whose family was originally from Pakistan.

His uncle Abdulkareem Abdulhameed said the family was co-ordinating with the Bahrain Embassy in Karachi to bring his body home.

He added Amin's mother had to be taken to hospital after suffering from panic attacks and depression.

"Two officials from the Bahrain Embassy went to Mastung to claim the body," he said.

"They informed us that the body would reach Bahrain tonight. We will bury him in Hunainiya valley on Friday in the presence of relatives and neighbours.

"His parents, especially his mother, is crying and had several panic attacks. She was taken to hospital where she was given heavy medication for chronic depression. She is sedated and we are trying to let her rest, as she is exhausted.

"The family is receiving condolences at their house in Riffa for the next three days. I am sure it will be hard for them and I pray to God to give them patience. I know it's not easy, but this was from Allah and we have to accept it,” he added.

Amin travelled to Pakistan last August to study at an art college.

A city-wide search was launched following his abduction, but Quetta police were unable to locate the teenager and Bahrain's worldwide police alert, issued through Interpol, was also unsuccessful.

His 13-year-old sister Khalida said she suspected someone he knew was responsible for his abduction and death.

"I believe someone aware of his arrival in Pakistan planned this," she said. "But nothing can bring back my brother now." – TradeArabia News Service

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