The suspect in a chemical attack in London that left a woman hospitalized with life-changing injuries and injured her two young daughters has likely disappeared in the River Thames, police said Friday.
Metropolitan Police Commander Jon Savell said CCTV footage showed Abdul Ezedi walking on a bridge over the river but not leaving it. Investigators concluded that he had probably “gone into the water,” although no body was found.
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“At this time of year the Thames flows very fast, it’s very wide and full of obstacles,” Savell told reporters. “It is very likely that if it has gone into the water, it will not appear for a month, and it is not impossible that it will never surface.”
Police launched a nationwide search for Ezedi, 35, after the woman and her daughter were attacked with an alkaline substance in the Clapham area of south London on January 31. Images of Ezedi captured after the attack revealed that she suffered significant injuries to her right side. of her face.
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According to police, the woman had previously had a relationship with him.
British media reported that Ezedi is an Afghan refugee who was granted asylum even after being found guilty of a sex crime in Britain in 2018. Ezedi’s asylum application was initially rejected, but he was later given permission to remain in the United Kingdom after claiming he had converted to Christianity, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.
Police said their investigations are continuing.
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