Terror suspect Daniel Khalife – an ex-soldier who snuck out of a London prison by strapping himself to the bottom of a van while dressed as a chef — has been captured, authorities said.
Officers apprehended Khalife Saturday, just before 11 a.m. local time, or 6 a.m. in New York, in the Chiswick area of West London, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
“We thank the public and media for their support with info & appeals,” the police said.
Khalife had been working a morning shift in the jail’s kitchens Wednesday 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.
Khalife has been accused of planting three fake canister bombs at a military base and leaking sensitive information to Iran.
The soldier was booted from the military in May following his arrest. Khalife has denied any wrongdoing. His trial is set for November.
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