A 22-year-old man was arrested and released on bail on Monday on suspicion of assisting Abdul Shookor Ezedi, the alleged perpetrator of Wednesday’s acid attack against a woman and her daughters in the London. neighborhood of Clapham.
The Metropolitan Police reported that the arrest of the suspect took place in the early hours of Monday. He was taken to a south London police station for questioning before being released on bail, Metropolitan Police Commander Jon Savell said.
Authorities have not released the identity of the man believed to have helped Ezedi, a 35-year-old convicted sex offender of Afghan origin who attacked a 31-year-old woman and her eight- and three-year-old children. woman with corrosive substances. The victim remains sedated at the hospital and may lose vision in his right eye, according to police. On the other hand, her daughters’ injuries were not serious.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed that Ezedi is not the father of the woman’s two daughters, who were injured in the attack, but did not elaborate on their relationship.
Officers have recovered the alleged attacker’s mobile phone and say they have new CCTV footage showing Ezedi in the Southwark Bridge area at 9.50 p.m. on the same day as the attack. He was last seen at Tower Hill tube station at 9.33 p.m. on Wednesday.
Investigators believe someone hid it or was injured. “If someone is protecting Ezedi, they may have committed a crime, something we take seriously and where we will take steps,” Savell warned in this regard.
Police forces across the country are on high alert. The United Kingdom Border Force and the National Crime Agency are working together in a search that focuses mainly on London and Newcastle, the city where he lives and where he was captured on a security camera the day before the attack.
The Metropolitan Police is offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. A technique is used “when there is a feeling that someone is hiding within the community,” according to former Anti-Terrorism Police member Nick Aldworth.
Authorities believe Ezedi traveled from Afghanistan to the UK in a truck in 2016. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) made his sentence public after pleading guilty to a sex charge of assault in January 2018. He was then placed on the Register of Sexual Offenders.
The British press reported that Ezedi obtained an asylum permit after two failed attempts, thanks to a priest who oversaw his conversion to Christianity. But the Catholic Church in northwest England, which previously confirmed that the alleged attacker was a client of a charity project it runs and which “helped a lot of people who needed us,” now points out that, after investigating the “local parish records and central records and after consulting the clergy, we have no indication that Abdul Ezedi was accepted into the Catholic faith in this diocese or that a Catholic priest in this diocese gave him references.” “We do not know which Christian church accepted him or which Christian minister gave him a reference,” the statement concluded.