Bailed terror suspect goes on the run after leaving suicide note
* Update: the suicide note seems to be more like a suicide bombers note
* No, he did not escape in a burka, but on the way to the mosque
* Looks like the Brits need bloodhounds and sniffer dogs
A terrorist suspect on bail for charges linked to an alleged major suicide plot involving mass casualties has gone on the run, Scotland Yard has disclosed
The 23-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is understood to have fled during Friday prayers and left a suicide note at his home.
Under strict bail conditions, he was due to report to police at 7am on Friday. It was reported on Friday night that he escaped while at prayers in a mosque near his home, which he was allowed to attend as part of the conditions. His family are said to have contacted police after they found the note.
Scotland Yard has launched a massive manhunt, amid fears for the man’s welfare. Detectives are playing down the suggestion the note implied he was on a suicide mission to target others.
The suspect was due to stand trial later this year charged with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit explosions, amongst other alleged offences.
He was given strict bail conditions, which amount to being under house arrest, and would have had his passport confiscated. The exact details of the conditions are unknown because the application was made in secret at court.
Police sources said they are “furious” that another terror suspect has gone on the run after being granted bail.
They have also faced problems with suspects slipping their control orders and at least three others are being hunted by police having absconded in the past year.
Zeeshan Siddiqui, a former London Underground worker linked to the leader of the July 7 bomb plot, has been missing since September last year.
He disappeared after leaping from the window of West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth, west London, where he had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Raised in Hounslow, west London, he once said he planned to run away to join the mujahideen [holy warriors] in Lebanon. He was also said to have been a friend of British suicide bomber Asif Hanif, who blew himself up in Israel in 2003.
One of the most embarrassing examples of terror suspects flouting control orders occurred in May last year.
Three men – all of whom had been placed under control orders – went on the run after failing to report to the authorities.
They included Lamine Adam, 26, and Ibrahim Adam, 20, brothers of Islamic militant Anthony Garcia, 24. Garcia was jailed for life after plotting to destroy shopping centres and nightclubs with fertiliser bombs.
Lamine worked as a Tube driver and allegedly wanted to carry out an attack on a nightclub in Britain.
The alert was sounded after the third man – Cerie Bullivant, 25 – failed to report to his local police station. He was later found.