Daniel Khalife’s family tell him ‘hand yourself in’ as manhunt for escaped terror suspect enters fourth day

DANIEL Khalife’s family have told him to turn himself in as the manhunt for the escaped terror suspect enters its fourth day.

The 21-year-old is still on the run after fleeing under a food truck from HMP Wandsworth on Wednesday.

Daniel Khalife's family has called on the terror suspect to turn himself in


Daniel Khalife’s family has called on the terror suspect to turn himself in
Khalife's escape route


Khalife’s escape route
Khalife was “happy” in the army, a relative said


Khalife was “happy” in the army, a relative said
Khalife escaped prison by holding on to the bottom of a truck


Khalife escaped prison by holding on to the bottom of a truck

A huge manhunt was launched, with the Met Police offering a £20,000 reward for information.

Now the family of former soldier Khalife is begging him to surrender to the officers.

A close relative told me The times: “If I could talk to him, I would tell him to stop and give up – even though I understand that he is afraid.”

Khalife, whose mother was born in Iran, is charged under the Official Secrets Act with spying for the country.

But the family member claimed he had only visited Iran twice – once when he was a baby and another time when he was about seven years old.

The tearful relative said: “Danny doesn’t know Iran, he loves this country.”

“Two years ago he was quite happy, he said he never wanted to leave the army – he said they were good people, and then last year something happened.”

“He was afraid to talk about it, so he ran away. I don’t believe the allegations.”

“He spent four years in the army – it’s just silly to think he would betray them.”

Khalife and his twin sister were raised by their single mother in a flat in Kingston, south-west London.

After his parents separated, he was estranged from his Lebanese father for several years – but his father visited him in custody.

His mother begged him to stay in high school when he first decided to join the army as a teenager.

The Sun revealed this evening that Khalife received specialist military escape and evasion training during his time in the army.

It is suspected that Khalife made a strap from a plastic mattress cover to attach himself to the Bidfood truck.

The vehicle left HMP Wandsworth at 7.32am on Wednesday. Khalife was declared missing at 7:50 a.m.

Police were notified at 8:15 a.m. and the truck was stopped at 8:37 a.m.

CCTV footage later emerged showing the van driving down a street in London.

The Met also announced it was investigating a sighting of Khalife shortly after he escaped from prison.

A member of the public saw a man resembling the terror suspect climb out from under the BidFood delivery van as it stopped near the Wandsworth roundabout at the end of Trinity Road.

This man was then seen walking towards Wandsworth town center.

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Police initially focused their search on Richmond Park, six miles from the Victorian prison.

However, there are fears that Khalife may have fled the country.

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing edmund@ustimespost.com.

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