SLATINA, Kosovo (AP) – An eight-year-old boy from Kosovo was reunited with his mother late on Wednesday after intelligence and security forces brought him back from Syria where he was taken by his father and kept for five months, officials said.
Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said in a statement that Ko-sovo’s Intelligence Agency “success-fully located, found and returned” Erion Zena to Kosovo.
He said the operation was “com-plicated and dangerous”, but didn’t give any further details. It was authorised by Thaci and the coun-try’s President Atifete Jahjaga.
An Associated Press reporter witnessed when the boy was ushe-red into a waiting room at Pristina’s international airport by two men in civilian clothes where his mother Pranvera Zena waited.
“It feels like a dream,” Pranvera Zena told the AP minutes after the reunion. “It feels as if I am waking up and I fear he’s still not there.”