The man on the run after an acid attack in south London was convicted of sex offenses years ago and was subsequently granted asylum in the United Kingdom. Where he is is a question mark.
Abduel Ezedi threw a corrosive substance in the London district of Clapham Common on Wednesday evening at 7:25 p.m. Twelve people, including five police officers, were injured. The attack appeared to specifically target a 31-year-old mother and her two daughters, as police suspect the attacker and the three knew each other. The mother and her three-year-old daughter were possibly mutilated, the other daughter (8) suffered less serious injuries.
The 35-year-old suspect fled in a car, but when he crashed into a parked car, he continued on foot. According to the police, Ezedi suffered serious injuries on the right side of his face. On Thursday evening, a day after the facts, he allegedly bought a bottle of water in a Tesco supermarket in north London, almost 9 kilometers from Clapham Common. This can be seen on surveillance camera images, which were released by the police. It also shows the damaged right side of his face. Residents of London are asked to keep their eyes open for the man, but certainly not to approach him themselves.
In the meantime, more is known about the suspect. Ezedi is said to have arrived in the United Kingdom in a truck in 2016 BBC, after fleeing from Afghanistan. He was sentenced in 2018 to nine weeks in prison and two years suspended for sexual assault and 36 weeks in prison, also suspended for two years, for exhibitionism.
He has applied for asylum three times since 2020, after his prison sentences were completed. His application was rejected twice. During that second attempt, he said he had become a Christian, which would put him in danger when he returned to Afghanistan. Only when a priest confirmed that conversion in a letter enclosed with his third asylum application was the request granted.
It is not yet clear what Ezedi’s motivation was for Wednesday evening’s attack. The case increases the criticism the British government receives from its residents for its asylum and migration policies. Part of the public finds it incomprehensible that convicted people are still eligible for asylum.
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