Daniel Khalife escaped from HMP Wandsworth (Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA)
The hunt for a terror suspect accused of leaving fake bombs at a military base has entered its second day.
Daniel Abed Khalife, 21, escaped from HMP Wandsworth in London on Wednesday after clinging to the underside of a food delivery van.
He was awaiting trial for charges relating to terrorism and Official Secrets Act offences, and questions are being asked over whether he was being held at the appropriate facility, the BBC reports.
It’s thought he might be trying to leave the country, leading to extra security checks at airports and ports.
The Times says there was an hour’s delay between prison officers noticing Mr Khalife was missing and getting in contact with the police.
Mr Khalife is described as 6ft 2ins tall and was last seen wearing a prison-issue chef’s uniform of a white T-shirt, red and white chequered trousers and brown steel toe cap boots.
The Metropolitan Police have said he poses a ‘low risk’ to the public but people have been urged not to approach him and to call 999 instead.
Mr Khalife joined the Army in 2019 and has links to the Kingston area of London and to north west England.
He was accused of preparing an act of terrorism and collecting information useful to an enemy, and was allegedly working for a hostile state. He denied the three charges against him and was set to go to trial in November.
Commander Dominic Murphy, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, confirmed all police forces and UK border points had been put on notice.
He said although counter-terror officers have deployed across London, where the search has been focused, Mr Khalife ‘could be anywhere in the country at the moment and we are mindful of the risk of him potentially leaving the country’.
The Prison Service is working with the Metropolitan Police to ‘urgently investigate’ how he escaped, and Justice Secretary Alex Chalk has sought ‘reassurances about security at the prison’.
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