Daniel Abed Khalife, 21, is believed to have escaped from HMP Wandsworth
BRITISH police mentioned that they had issued an pressing attraction to discover a former soldier suspected of terrorism offences who went on the run after escaping from a London jail on Wednesday (6).
Daniel Abed Khalife, 21, who was being held in jail whereas he awaited trial, is believed to have escaped from HMP Wandsworth shortly earlier than 8 a.m. (0700 GMT), London police mentioned in a press release.
The BBC and different media reported he had been working within the kitchens of the jail and had received out by strapping himself to the underside of a meals supply van.
An alert was issued by police to Britain’s ports and airports, together with London Heathrow, the place travellers confronted delays due to further safety checks.
“Because of a police matter, there are at present enhanced checks on outbound site visitors on the Port of Dover and different portals throughout the UK,” the busy port, Britain’s foremost gateway to Europe, mentioned in a press release.
Police suggested the general public to not strategy Khalife, who’s 6ft 2ins tall (1.88 m) and was sporting a white T-shirt, purple and white chequered trousers and brown metal toe cap boots.
“Now we have a staff of officers who’re making intensive and pressing enquiries to be able to find and detain Khalife as shortly as attainable,” mentioned Commander Dominic Murphy, head of the London police’s Counter Terrorism Command.
“I additionally wish to reassure the general public that we’ve no info which signifies, nor any cause to imagine that Khalife poses, a risk to the broader public.”
Khalife, who was based mostly at barracks in central England on the time of the alleged offences, is accused of eliciting or making an attempt to elicit info “prone to be helpful to an individual committing or making ready an act of terrorism”.
He was additionally charged with making a bomb hoax by inserting three canisters with wires on a desk “with the intention of inducing in one other a perception that the mentioned article was prone to explode or ignite”.
Police later added an offence of acquiring info which is perhaps “instantly or not directly helpful to an enemy” in contravention of the Official Secrets and techniques Act.
He was discharged from the military in Could, the defence ministry mentioned.