Daniel Abed Khalife, a former soldier and now a fugitive, managed to evade the authorities despite numerous calls from the public.
Khalife, who was awaiting trial on charges related to terrorism and official secrets, made a daring escape from Wandsworth prison, leaving the police and counter-terrorism units scrambling in his wake.
The 21-year-old Khalife, who was working in the prison kitchen at the time of his escape, used his military training to devise an ingenious plan. Dressed in a chef’s uniform, he clung onto straps underneath a food delivery lorry, successfully making his way out of the Category B prison.
The audacity of his escape plan is a testament to his resourcefulness and ingenuity, as noted by Commander Dominic Murphy, head of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command.
Wandsworth prison – where fugitive escaped from – 'really needs closing', says chief inspectorpic.twitter.com/ZVSHmquhzP
— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 7, 2023
Despite receiving over 50 calls from the public, there have been no confirmed sightings of Khalife since his escape.
This led the police to speculate that he may have already left the country. However, more than 150 counterterrorism officers and staff are focusing their search efforts in the Kingston and Staffordshire areas.
The Bidfood delivery vehicle, believed to be Khalife’s getaway vehicle, was stopped by the police an hour and five minutes after it left the prison.
The vehicle was found near East Putney station, approximately 2.6 miles away from the prison. Although Khalife was not found in the vehicle, the police discovered the strapping he used to cling onto the vehicle, confirming their suspicions about his escape method.
Khalife’s escape has raised serious concerns about the security measures in place at Wandsworth Prison. Built in 1851, Wandsworth is one of the most overcrowded prisons in the UK, with most prisoners sharing a cell built for one.
This incident has sparked a debate about the prison’s suitability, with Charlie Taylor, chief inspector of prisons, suggesting that it should be shut down.
The ludicrous LGBTQ+ flag flies above Wandsworth prison. Our institutions are being run by idiots addled by virtue signalling nonsense who have lost all sense of their actual priorities. Meanwhile an homophobic terrorist is on the loose. 👇 pic.twitter.com/XKwT77szvg
— Malcolm Clark (@TwisterFilm) September 7, 2023
The escape has also led to heightened security checks at major UK airports and ports including Manchester, Gatwick, Heathrow, and Dover.
The authorities are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to recapture Khalife, who is considered a significant threat due to his military training and the serious charges against him.
As the hunt for Khalife continues, we can only hope that he is apprehended soon, ensuring the safety of our citizens and restoring faith in our justice system.