British soldier Daniel Abed Khalife, on deck for a terror trial, gave his guards the slip from Wandsworth prison in southwest London, counterterror officials spilled on Wednesday.
What’s the scoop? Danny boy is in hot water for allegedly setting up some bogus bombs at an army spot and taking a swing at Britain’s Official Secrets Act. The Met Police dropped the bomb that he vanished from his cell by 7:50 a.m. – and if you spot a guy in a white tee, red and white plaid pants, and some sturdy brown boots, that’s our man.
21 and bold, Khalife’s singing the “not guilty” tune loud and clear.
Commander Dominic Murphy, the big cheese of the Met’s counterterror squad, chimed in, “We have a team of officers who are making extensive and urgent inquiries in order to locate and detain Khalife as quickly as possible.”
Murphy’s message? Danny might not be public enemy number one, but if you see him, keep your distance.
Mum’s the word on how Khalife pulled off his escape act.
Heads up, jet-setters! Manchester, Glasgow, and Heathrow Airports are looking like a madhouse. Why? Cops and border patrols are double-checking IDs – even if you’re past security. Cheers to the Manchester Evening News for that tidbit.
For those with a taste for history, this isn’t the first breakout show. ’94 saw some IRA folks doing a runner from Whitemoor prison, says the BBC. And Wandsworth? Deja vu! A 2022 HM Inspectorate of Prisons report dished that there was a “serious security breach had led to an escape” back in 2019. Same song, different verse!