Woman accused of abducting her children in England found in Hamilton

A woman accused of abducting her two children was found in Hamilton on Thursday after a five-year international search.

Anisa Mohamed Ibrahim was located living with her 2 sons under assumed names

A woman accused of abducting her children in England was taken into custody in Hamilton today after a five-year international search.

The Toronto police fugitive squad located Anisa Mohamed Ibrahim, 35, living with her two sons under assumed names in the Southern Ontario city. They had been missing since April 13, 2010.

Police believe Ibrahim and her children left Manchester, England, on April 9, 2010, and travelled by bus from London to Amsterdam, and then on to Frankfurt, Germany, where they boarded a plane for Toronto.

International authorities have been looking for Anisa Ibrahim, along with her children, for five years. Toronto Police found them in Hamilton. (Missing Children Society of Canada)

Ibrahim has been charged with unlawful abduction and disobeying a court order, said Toronto police spokeswoman Const. Caroline de Kloet.

The Missing Children Society of Canada was also involved in trying to locate Ibrahim. In 2012, the group issued a public notice saying the father of the boys was concerned about their safety, particularly because one had a severe skin condition which requires medical attention.

In a press release issued Friday Amanda Pick, CEO of the Missing Children Society of Canada said "Their father now has the answers about his children's whereabouts and safety that he so desperately needed."

At that time it was thought the woman and her sons might be in the Toronto area, where it believed she has family, and connecting with the Somali community in that region.

It was a tip that led police to Ibrahim in Hamilton, de Kloet said.

The woman appeared in Hamilton Superior Court on Thursday, and will be back in court at 10 a.m. on Friday.