Suspect in London chemical attack probably disappeared into Thames River, UK police say

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The fishy successful a London chemic attack that near a female hospitalized pinch life-changing injuries and injured her 2 young daughters apt has vanished successful nan River Thames, constabulary said Friday.

Metropolitan Police Commander Jon Savell said closed-circuit tv images showed Abdul Ezedi stepping connected a span complete nan stream but ne'er exiting it. Investigators concluded he had astir apt "gone into nan water,'' though they haven't recovered a body.

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"At this clip of year, nan Thames is very accelerated flowing, very wide and afloat of tons of snags,'' Savell told reporters. "It is rather apt that if he has gone successful nan water, he won’t look for possibly up to a month, and it’s not beyond anticipation that he whitethorn ne'er really surface."

Police launched a nationwide manhunt for Ezedi, 35, aft nan female and her girl were attacked pinch an alkaline constituent successful nan Clapham area of southbound London connected Jan. 31. Images of Ezedi captured aft nan onslaught revealed he suffered important injuries to nan correct broadside of his face.

The female had antecedently been successful a narration pinch him, according to police.

British media reported that Ezedi is an Afghan exile who was granted asylum moreover aft he was convicted of a activity discourtesy in Britain successful 2018. Ezedi’s asylum exertion was initially rejected, but he was later fixed support to stay successful nan U.K. aft claiming that he had converted to Christianity, nan Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.

Police said their inquiries continue.