UK - Hunt for terror suspect ex-soldier Daniel Khalife after Wandsworth prison escape, Sept 2023 *Arrested*

All that effort to escape and in 4 days he only managed to get 7 miles away from the jail.

I was certain he must have had help on the outside once he had escaped and would have been long gone by now, instead it looks like he was just a chancer who ultimately failed and has probably made his overall situation significantly worse!
Maybe he is revelling in all the attention he has received and pleased he has become famous.
 

They initially said they had found Khalife in 'the Chiswick area', before clarifying he had been apprehended on Rowdell Road in Northolt.

Speaking to MailOnline, the onlooker said this afternoon: 'Khalife was riding his bike along the canal path and heading towards the industrial estate.

'Up ahead there was a plain clothes officer sitting on the steps leading up to the bridge.

'As soon as Khalife got level with him, the officer jumped up and pushed him off his bike, and held him down on the floor.'

The eyewitness said the officer 'had a handgun trained on him and he handcuffed him so that his hands were behind his back.

'The pair of them were talking but I couldn't make out much of the conversation because I was on the other side of the canal.

'However, I did hear Khalife trying to claim he was innocent. He said: "Its not me, I haven't done anything."'
 

What has happened today?​

Here's a quick roundup of everything that's happened:

  • Daniel Khalife has been arrested in the Northolt area of north-west London
  • Police say they detained him at 10:41 BST and he remains in custody, rather than being returned to prison
  • The ex-solider broke out of HMP Wandsworth on Wednesday, just over 12 miles from where he was arrested
  • A four-day manhunt focused primarily in south-west London, the area of the city where Khalife is from and knows well
  • Officers focused on Chiswick overnight and into the morning, after witnesses placed him in the area
  • The search included more than 150 police officers, sniffer dogs, a police boat on the River Thames and helicopters
  • Khalife had been facing three charges, including two terrorism offences, before he made his escape from Wandsworth prison by latching onto the underside of a delivery lorry
 
All that effort to escape and in 4 days he only managed to get 7 miles away from the jail.

I was certain he must have had help on the outside once he had escaped and would have been long gone by now, instead it looks like he was just a chancer who ultimately failed and has probably made his overall situation significantly worse!
Much worse!
 
Maybe he is revelling in all the attention he has received and pleased he has become famous.
You're probably right.

Even by today's standards he appears to be an exceptionally immature 21 year old man.

I guess we'll have to wait for his trial (which should now get more significantly media coverage as a result of this crazy episode!) to find out what's really going on with this individual.

He's a very strange boy, but how much of a threat he truly poses to the British public remains to be seen.
 
You're probably right.

Even by today's standards he appears to be an exceptionally immature 21 year old man.

I guess we'll have to wait for his trial (which should now get more significantly media coverage as a result of this crazy episode!) to find out what's really going on with this individual.

He's a very strange boy, but how much of a threat he truly poses to the British public remains to be seen.
I will be very surprised if he does turn out to be some super spy ,rather than a very immature young man with delusions of grandeur.

I wonder if his mother brought him a change of clothing and bag of groceries.
 
I will be very surprised if he does turn out to be some super spy ,rather than a very immature young man with delusions of grandeur.

I wonder if his mother brought him a change of clothing and bag of groceries.
That's my gut feeling too

One of the links said that he was carrying a sleeping bag and a cool box with groceries. IDK if those were all purchased from the supermarket close by and whether he stole the bike but, when he goes to trial, it will be interesting to find out if he'd been an avid viewer of 'Hunted' type game shows. ( If otoh a family member purchased those for him, they've compounded his mistakes)
 


Britain's most wanted man was captured yesterday after spies bugged the phones of people linked to the fugitive.

Security sources told The Mail on Sunday that intercepted communications led dozens of police officers to a house in Richmond, South-West London, where they were convinced 21-year-old ex-soldier Daniel Khalife was hiding.

They missed him, possibly by minutes. But the terror suspect's four days on the run ended just hours later – at 10.41am yesterday – when an undercover officer pulled him from a bike as he cycled along a canal towpath. 'It's not me! I ain't done anything,' cried Khalife, who was carrying a sleeping bag and a Waitrose bag filled with food and drink.

The manhunt, which at one stage involved 'direct oversight' from the Home Secretary, was hailed as the first major success for the Government's new counter-intelligence nerve centre, which brings together specialist police officers and spies from MI5, MI6 and GCHQ under the same roof.

Last night, detectives were questioning Khalife at a West London police station.
 



Fugitive Daniel Khalife made one major error soon after his escape from prison which eventually led police straight to him, an intelligence expert has told the Mirror.

The 21-year-old ex-soldier and suspected terrorist absconded from HMP Wandsworth on Wednesday morning by hiding under a delivery truck, dressed in a chef's uniform. He then spent 75 hours on the run before being spotted on a canal tow path near Chiswick, west London, at around 10.40am on Saturday morning before being tackled by an undercover police officer and arrested.

Colonel Philip Ingram, an ex-British Army intelligence officer, said Khalife being seen walking away from the BidFood van after it stopped near a roundabout in Wandsworth soon after he escaped, was the starting point cops needed. Speaking this evening, he said: "It was only a matter of time before they found him from that point. The clock started ticking.


"It does not take much effort for the police then to start piecing together all the CCTV that they need and everything else, and get witnesses to come forward. And that’s what’s happened. You need a starting point, they had an exact starting point and an exact time, whereas if they hadn’t they would have had to move into every option along the route from the lorry to the police stopping the lorry, which is a much bigger potential set of starting points.

"That was the significant break through." He said Khalife had likely been trying to hide in plain sight, but suggested things may not have been going to plan for him when he was caught. He was detained next to a sleeping bag and some Waitrose groceries, having taken off the distinctive chef's clothes.
 
I would like to know what food he had packed in his Waitrose cool bag.

Maybe Waitrose could feature it in their next advertising campaign. Picnic food on the run. They could have ready packed cool bags in their grab and run section.
In his deluded optimism he'd bought
2 x 1 litre tubs of ice cream ( Ben & Jerry's have a flavour called ' Half Baked' )
1 pack Cadbury's 'Time Out' biscuits
1 pack Jammie Dodger biscuits ( Reduced aisle - crushed)
1 tub of Rocky Road Mini-Bites

Not going to add any more, I'll get my coat!

 
'The Metropolitan Police said the 21-year-old will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday after being charged with escaping custody at HMP Wandsworth while on remand there pending trial at the Old Bailey, contrary to common law.

Khalife – who was found with a sleeping bag, change of clothes, bottle of water and Waitrose cool bag – laughed at police and winked at passersby during his arrest, witness Ethan Andrews, 20, told The Sun.''

''Daniel Abed Khalife boasted that he would join a signals unit of Special Forces and was preparing for the entry requirements. There is, however, no evidence of him officially embarking on this path. Former soldiers who knew him say that he was viewed as “ a bit of a fantasist” , but someone “ who took his fitness seriously”.
Two former soldiers in the Royal Corps of Signals described 21 year old Khalife as someone seeking attention and sometimes “ playing the clown” to do so. They recall an incident in which he stole a senior officer’s epaulettes, put them on his uniform, and wanted to post photos on social media wearing them.''
 


Ex-soldier Daniel Khalife may have used bedsheets in his escape from Wandsworth prison, a court hearing has been told.

The 21-year-old attended Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday after four days on the run last week.
Mr Khalife was arrested on a towpath in Northolt in London on Saturday. He is accused of escaping from lawful custody.
Deputy chief magistrate Tan Ikram remanded him in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on 29 September.
 
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Khalife wearing a grey jumper and jogging bottoms appeared in the dock flanked by two police officers and a dock officer spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth

 

Farnaz Khalife has urged her son Daniel Khalife – who is accused of spying for Iran – to seek psychiatric help, saying he has suffered episodes since he was a teenager and that he 'does not live in reality'.

The 47-year-old former nurse from Kingston, south-west London, moved to Wales for a quieter life in 2020 – two years after her son joined the army.

...

Khalife was taken to a child and adolescent mental health services clinic as a teenager, his mother said.

After his arrest, she notified the Army, but said: 'It doesn't sound like he was getting help at all.'

She added: 'I told him to go to the army doctor to get help but I don't think he did.'

She added: 'When he was arrested, he laughed and winked, that's not normal. This is not reality, it is a fantasy.'
 


Terror suspect Daniel Khalife today denied escaping from Wandsworth prison, sparking a 75-hour manhunt.

The former soldier, 21, is accused of breaking out of HMP Wandsworth on September 6 by using bed sheets to strap himself to the underside of a food delivery truck.
Wearing a bright yellow and blue patterned top and matching tracksuit bottoms Khalife spoke to confirm his name and date of birth and told the court 'I'm not guilty.'

HMP Belmarsh is a category A security prison, while HMP Wandsworth is category B.

Khalife appeared via video-link from the segregation unit, which houses up to 16 prisoners serving periods of punishment or needing to be separated from others.
 


Terror suspect Daniel Khalife today denied escaping from Wandsworth prison, sparking a 75-hour manhunt.

The former soldier, 21, is accused of breaking out of HMP Wandsworth on September 6 by using bed sheets to strap himself to the underside of a food delivery truck.
Wearing a bright yellow and blue patterned top and matching tracksuit bottoms Khalife spoke to confirm his name and date of birth and told the court 'I'm not guilty.'

HMP Belmarsh is a category A security prison, while HMP Wandsworth is category B.

Khalife appeared via video-link from the segregation unit, which houses up to 16 prisoners serving periods of punishment or needing to be separated from others.
I cannot wait to see what he’s going to say about how they found him outside the prison then
 

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