Terror suspect Daniel Khalife escapes from prison disguised as a cook

A full-scale manhunt is underway in the UK after a former soldier charged with terrorism escaped from a London jail by strapping himself to the bottom of a van while disguised as a chef – his escape going unnoticed for almost an hour .

Daniel Abed Khalife, 21, is believed to have disappeared from Wandsworth prison around 7am on Wednesday – the alarm was not sounded until just before 8am. according to The Times of London.

He had been working a morning shift in the prison kitchen and was wearing a chef’s uniform consisting of a white T-shirt and red plaid pants when he tied himself with straps to the floor of a departing grocery delivery truck. said the police.

The manhunt quickly alerted Britain’s ports and airports, including London Heathrow – Britain’s busiest airport – where travelers faced delays due to extra security checks amid fears Khalife was attempting to flee.

Daniel Khalife is seen in a police mugshot released by the Metropolitan Police Service on September 6, 2023
A nationwide manhunt has been launched in the UK for escaped prisoner Daniel Abed Khalife.

A general view of HMP Wandsworth in London
The 21-year-old Khalife slipped out of Victorian Wandsworth prison in London on Wednesday morning, disguised as a cook.

Khalife was accused of planting three fake canister bombs at a military base and leaking sensitive information to Iran.

He was charged with breaching the United Kingdom’s Official Secrets Act for collecting information “that might be useful to a person committing or preparing a terrorist attack”.

The soldier was released from military service in May after his arrest. Khalife has denied any wrongdoing. His trial is scheduled for November.

Police warned the public not to approach Khalife, although London Police Counter-Terrorism Commander Commander Dominic Murphy said there was no information to suggest the fugitive posed a danger to the public.

A prison guard walks around the rear of a van outside the gates of HM Wandsworth Prison in south London September 7, 2023, a day after terror suspect Daniel Abed Khalife escaped from prison while awaiting his trial
Khalife escaped by strapping himself to the underside of a food delivery van.
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“We have a team of officers who are conducting extensive and urgent investigations to locate and arrest Khalife as quickly as possible,” Murphy said.

Justice Secretary Alex Chalk addressed the House of Commons on Thursday and vowed that Khalife would be “caught in due course”.

However, he called for an immediate investigation into the London prison logs and the decision not to hold Khalife in a maximum security prison.

“No stone must be left unturned to get to the bottom of what happened,” Chalk told Parliament.

With post wires


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing diza@ustimetoday.com.

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