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Lina Sardar Khil

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After working with US troops in Afghanistan for over five years, Lina Sardar Khil’s father, Riaz Sardar Khil, was granted a special visa for him and his family to move to the US in hopes of creating a better and mainly safer life for them. In 2019, when Lina was just a baby, they settled in San Antonio, Texas. They returned to Afghanistan in 2021 to visit family and barely escaped with their lives. During their visit, they found themselves just feet away from a suicide bombing, Lina immediately fainted, and the family rushed to the airport to get back home to the US. But, just months later, on December 20, 2021, Lina disappeared from their apartment complex playground.


Lina Sardar Khil was last seen at The Villas del Cabo Apartment Complex, now known as the Vive Apartments on Fredericksburg Road in San Antonio, Texas, on the evening of December 20, 2021. She was wearing a red dress, black jacket, black shoes, gold earrings, gold-toned and blue plastic bracelets, and a Taweez around her neck. When she went missing, she was three years old; she would now be four, almost five. She has brown hair and brown eyes.


Anyone with information is urged to call the San Antonio Police Department at 210-207-7660.


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