A manhunt for Afghan migrant Abdul Shakur Yazidi – who committed an attack with a corrosive chemical in Clapham, south London, on Wednesday – is now underway in London, police have released new photos, and five properties are being searched, The Guardian writes. Sky News.
12 people were injured in the attack that targeted a 31-year-old woman and her two children. The woman's life is in danger, and one of her children was permanently injured.
Abdul Shakur Yazidi, a 35-year-old Afghan migrant, has been granted asylum in the UK, despite having previously been convicted of sexual assault. The Yazidi fled the scene in a car, and British police have been searching for him ever since. The suspect's brother's apartment has already been searched, and several reports have been received from south London about the appearance of his car, but they have not yet been able to arrest the perpetrator.
Two flats in east London and three in Newcastle upon Tyne were searched on Saturday, and containers containing chemicals containing a corrosive warning were found at one Newcastle property, the Metropolitan Police said. According to the Metropolitan Police, MForensic experts are investigating to determine whether the warehouse contains the same substance that was used on January 31.
Abdul Yazidi was last seen at 9pm on Wednesday 31 January at King's Cross tube station where he boarded a southbound Victoria Line train. Police investigations are continuing to determine the perpetrator's subsequent movements and his whereabouts. I would like to thank everyone who assisted the police with information.
We have received dozens of calls with information, including potential sightings.
All information has been recorded and is part of our ongoing investigation. I would like to ask for further assistance, but if anyone sees a Yazidi, call 999 immediately.
No one should contact him
John Saville, Chief Constable of the Metropolitan Police, said after searching the five properties.
According to surveillance footage released by police On the right side of the Yazidi's face, Serious injuries appear.
The Yazidi Abdul arrived in the UK on a lorry in 2016 after fleeing Afghanistan. In 2020, after two failed attempts, he was granted asylum to remain in the United Kingdom. This is despite his conviction in November 2018, when he received a suspended prison sentence for sexual offences.
According to Sky News, the Yazidi was allowed to remain in the country after a priest confirmed that he had converted to Christianity and said he was “fully committed” to his new religion.