Manhunt for Daniel Abed Khalife increases after ‘confirmed sightings overnight’

“Manhunt Intensifies for Escaped Former Soldier Daniel Khalife in West London”

A comprehensive search operation is underway in the Chiswick area as police pursue confirmed overnight sightings of Daniel Khalife. The Metropolitan Police, conducting intelligence-led efforts, received reports of overnight sightings, including tips from the public, which have now directed their search focus to the west London region. Khalife, a former soldier, escaped from HMP Wandsworth on Wednesday, allegedly concealing himself beneath a delivery lorry by using a cook’s uniform from the prison kitchen.

Escape and Current Appearance Khalife is reportedly dressed in a black baseball cap, a black t-shirt, and dark-colored bottoms. He is also carrying a small bag or case. The Met has been actively involved in efforts to locate him, with concerns regarding his escape and the potential threat he poses.

Early Sightings and Investigation Police are diligently investigating early sightings of Khalife. A member of the public reported seeing a man matching his description walking away from a Bidfood van near the south entrance to Wandsworth Roundabout shortly after his escape. Subsequently, the man was observed walking toward Wandsworth town center. Commander Dominic Murphy, the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism chief, emphasized the ongoing investigation’s dynamic nature and expressed gratitude for public assistance in providing information.

Public Appeal and Reward While Khalife’s escape has prompted concerns, the police have assured the public that there is currently no reason to believe he poses a threat to public safety. However, they strongly urge individuals not to approach him if sighted and instead to immediately contact the emergency services at 999. To aid in his capture, a reward of £20,000 is being offered for information leading to Khalife’s arrest.

Background and Allegations Khalife, who was awaiting trial, faced allegations of planting a fake bomb at an RAF base and gathering information that could be useful to terrorists or enemies of the UK. He had been discharged from the Army in May, and his disappearance has raised questions about prison security and his placement within the facility.

Investigation and Controversy The circumstances surrounding Khalife’s escape are under investigation, including whether it may have been an inside job. There have been concerns about staffing levels at HMP Wandsworth and whether he should have been held in a higher security prison. An independent investigation and two urgent reviews related to the categorization and placement of HMP Wandsworth prisoners and those in custody on terrorism charges will be conducted, as confirmed by Justice Secretary Alex Chalk.

National Search Authorities have expanded the search for Khalife to cover the entire UK, given his potential movements. He has links to the West Midlands, where he was stationed at the Ministry of Defence’s Beacon Barracks in Stafford, as well as Kingston upon Thames in south-west London.

Border Checks and Continued Investigation Despite heightened border checks, the possibility that Khalife may have managed to flee the country has not been ruled out. His disappearance has raised questions about the effectiveness of border security measures.

Public Vigilance While there is no immediate threat to the public, vigilance and cooperation with law enforcement are crucial in the efforts to locate and apprehend Daniel Khalife, who remains at large. The search operation continues to evolve in response to the ongoing investigation and sightings.

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