Terror suspect escaped jail by sneaking out of kitchen and clinging on to van

A British soldier and terrorism suspect who escaped from jail did so by "sneaking out of a kitchen and clinging onto a van," according to reports.

Daniel Abed Khalife, a serving member of the British Army who is awaiting trial for terror and Official Secrets Act offences, escaped from Wandsworth prison on Wednesday morning, the Metropolitan Police said.

A spokesperson for the Prison Service said they are 'urgently investigating how he escaped', but would not comment on claims he left via a kitchen and clung onto a van.

It is believed he got out at approximately 07:50hrs after he caught the unofficial ride, The Sun reported.

Later on a "national incident" was declared and Border Control were on high alert after a dictat issued by the Counter Terrorism Command.

A Met Police press release reads: "Khalife was on remand at HMP Wandsworth, awaiting trial in relation to terrorism and Official Secrets Act offences. From our initial enquiries, it is believed he escaped from the prison at approximately 07.50am.

"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. Khalife has links to the Kingston area. It is believed he most likely remains in the London area at this time, although he may have travelled further afield."

If seen, the public are advised not to approach Khalife and to call 999 immediately, quoting reference CAD 1631/06SEP23.

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

Khalife was charged with collecting information, notes, and documents which would be “useful to the enemy”.

It is said that the young former solider who was based at Beacon Barracks in Beaconside, Stafford, took soldier details from the MoD personnel files which would be “useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism”.

Khalife is also accused of a bomb hoax, by allegedly leaving “three canisters with wires” on a desk in his Army lodgings on Jaunary 2, 2023.

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