Daniel Khalife prison escape updates — Terror suspect breaks out of HMP Wandsworth as police launch manhunt for criminal | The Sun

POLICE have launched a manhunt for a terror suspect who escaped from prison after "sneaking out of the kitchen and clinging to a delivery van."

Ex-soldier Daniel Abed Khalife, 21, escaped  HMP Wandsworth, south London, on Wednesday morning.

Police are searching for the man who is alleged to have left three canisters with wires at MOD Stafford in January this year.

Khalife was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, red and white chequered trousers, and brown steel-toe cap boots. He is of slim build, has short brown hair, and is around 6ft 2ins tall.

If anyone sees Khalife they are advised not to approach him but to call 999 immediately, quoting reference CAD 1631/06SEP23.

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  • By Amanda Castro

    Police desperately searching

    Terror cops are desperately searching for Khalife and ensuring no one passes through security without rigorous checks.

    Security queues at Glasgow Airport and Manchester have slowed down as officials check the ID of every person planning to catch a flight.

  • By Amanda Castro

    BREAKING: Khalife reportedly strapped himself to a van

    According to The Sun's source, the escaped terrorist suspect, Daniel Abed Khalife, fled Wandsworth Prison by attaching himself to the bottom of a food delivery vehicle.

    Khalife was believed to be working in the jail kitchens at the time and may have been clad in a chef's outfit.

    Justice Secretary Alex Chalk made an "urgent call" to the prison governor and other senior prison service personnel to "seek reassurances about prison security."

  • By Amanda Castro

    Khalife on the dock back in February

    Khalife, from Beacon Barracks in Stafford, appeared in court on February 7, this year, wearing a black sweater and blue pants and speaking only to confirm his name and date of birth.

    His father sat in the public gallery for the five-minute hearing.

    Khalife was remanded in jail by Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring to appear at the Old Bailey on February 17.

    He said: “You did not enter a plea. These matters are very serious. If you are convicted you are going to face a prison sentence in years not months. Therefore this court’s powers are insufficient.”

  • By Amanda Castro

    More on Khalife

    According to the complete terror accusations, he "elicited" personal information about troops from the Ministry of Defence Joint Personnel Administration System that was "likely to be useful to a person committing or planning an act of terrorism."

    During the alleged bomb hoax, Khalife is accused of leaving three canisters with wires at RAF Stafford "with the intent of inducing in another a belief that the said item was likely to explode or ignite" and cause harm or damage to property.

  • By Amanda Castro

    About Khalife

    Khalife, a member of the British Armed Forces, is accused of carrying out a bomb hoax and extracting information on forces people for 'useful' purposes to a terrorist.

    On January 27, he was charged with a terror offence allegedly committed on August 2, 2021, and a bomb hoax allegedly committed on January 2, this year.

    Both offences are said to have occurred at RAF Stafford.

  • By Amanda Castro

    Statement from Head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command

    Commander Dominic Murphy, Head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command said, per the Independent: “We have a team of officers who are making extensive and urgent enquiries in order to locate and detain Khalife as quickly as possible.

    “However, the public can help us as well and should anyone see Khalife, or have any information as to where he might be, then please call 999 or the immediately.

    “I also want to reassure the public that we have no information which indicates, nor any reason to believe that Khalife poses a threat to the wider public, but our advice if you do see him is not to approach him and call 999 straight away.”

  • By Amanda Castro

    Cooperation from the public is requested

    If anybody sees Khalife, they are asked not to approach him and to phone 999 immediately, citing reference CAD 1631/06SEP23.

    Officers want to hear from anybody who has information that might help them find Khalife, even if it doesn't pertain to a live sighting.

  • By Amanda Castro

    Police think Khalife is still in London

    Khalife has ties to the Kingston region and is most likely still in the London area, police say.

    They suspect, however, that he may have travelled farther afield.

  • By Amanda Castro

    Last seen

    Khalife was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, red and white chequered trousers and brown steel-toe cap boots.

    He has been described as being of slim build, has short brown hair and is around 6ft 2ins tall.

  • By Amanda Castro

    Daniel Abed Khalife has escaped prison

    A British Army officer being imprisoned on terror-related charges escaped from a London prison, sparking a massive manhunt.

    Daniel Abed Khalife escaped from HMP Wandsworth at 7.50am and was reported to the Metropolitan Police.

    Khalife, a military soldier, was being imprisoned on remand on terrorist and Official Secrets Act allegations.

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