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After a brazen escape from prison, the hunt for British terrorist suspects continues

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After a brazen escape from prison, the hunt for British terrorist suspects continues

A Manhunt for an escaped prisoner in the UK Thursday marked the second day as authorities rushed to track down terror suspect and former British soldier Daniel Abed Khalife. The 21-year-old escaped from a London jail on Wednesday by reportedly holding onto the underside of a van.

The Times of London newspaper reported Khalife, who was working in the kitchen at Wandsworth prison in south London, crawled under a van dressed in chef’s clothes and held on as it pulled out the gate. Khalife was reported missing at 7:50 a.m. local time (2:50 a.m. Eastern time) on Wednesday, British police said.

Prisoner Daniel Abed Khalife (pictured) was reported missing at 7:50 a.m. local time on Wednesday, British police officials said.  / Photo credit: London Metropolitan Police

Prisoner Daniel Abed Khalife (pictured) was reported missing at 7:50 a.m. local time on Wednesday, British police officials said. / Photo credit: London Metropolitan Police

The former British Army soldier was in prison awaiting trial on terrorism charges, which accused him of planting fake bombs at a military base. Khalife has also been accused of collecting sensitive personal information about soldiers from a UK Ministry of Defense database, CBS News affiliate network BBC News reported on Thursday.

Evidence presented in a previous court appearance was used to argue that Khalife “obtained” personal information on soldiers from the Department of Defense’s Joint Personnel Administration System that was “likely to be useful to a person who committed an act of terrorism.” commits or prepares”.

According to the BBC, Khalife has been accused of working for Iran but has denied all allegations made against him.

Dominic Murphy, an anti-terrorism commander with the London Metropolitan Police, launched one urgent public appeal Anyone who spots Khalife should report him to authorities, saying the suspect “could be at large anywhere in the UK”.

Security checks took place at all UK ports and airports on Thursday after being alerted to the manhunt the previous day. in one social media postHeathrow Airport said that “waiting times for departing passengers could be longer than usual due to additional security checks”.

Given the nature of the charges against him, questions have been raised as to whether Khalife should have been held in a more secure facility. Wandsworth Prison is a ‘category B’ prison which, while accommodating maximum security prisons, is not considered to be as secure as a ‘category A’ prison, the highest security prison rating in the UK

Britain’s Justice Secretary Alex Chalk told Britain’s Parliament on Thursday that he had ordered two urgent reviews of both the categorization of Wandsworth Prison in particular and prisons across the UK that hold prisoners charged with terrorism offences.

“Daniel Khalife will be found and he will be brought to justice,” Chalk promised.

A prison spokesman told the BBC that an internal investigation is underway to find out exactly why Khalife was being held at the Wandsworth facility and whether security procedures were being closely followed.

“The Attorney General is working tonight to understand from operational colleagues both the categorization decision and the situation that led to the escape, what protocols were in place and whether they were followed,” the prison spokesman said.

The Times of London also reported on Wednesday that there was an hour’s delay before prison officials realized that Khalife was missing and notified police. On Thursday, police said in an email comment to CBS News that they had no further information on Khalife’s whereabouts.

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