Who is Daniel Abed Khalife? Ex-British Army soldier who escaped Wandsworth Prison – what is he accused of?
A massive UK manhunt is underway after an ex-soldier facing terrorism charges slipped out of a London prison by strapping himself to the bottom of a van while dressed as a chef — with his escape going unnoticed for nearly an hour.
Daniel Abed Khalife, 21, is thought to have gone missing inside Wandsworth Prison at around 7 a.m. Wednesday — with the alarm only raised just before 8 a.m., according to The Times of London.
He’d been working a morning shift in the jail’s kitchens and was wearing a cook’s uniform of a white T-shirt and red checkered trousers when he lashed himself with straps to the bottom of a departing food delivery van, police said.
The manhunt quickly alerted Britain’s ports and airports, including London Heathrow — Britain’s busiest airport — where travelers faced delays because of additional security checks over fears Khalife would try to flee.