UK government insists escaped terror suspect will be captured amid questions over rare jail break
The UK government has said it will take all necessary steps to capture an escaped terror suspect, claiming that Britain’s security services are monitoring the situation closely.
This follows the news that a terror suspect from East London, identified only as “M.B.”, allegedly disappeared and is believed to have escaped from Belmarsh prison late last week.
The UK government has refused to comment on how M.B. escaped or provide details of the security breach, but it has said that the security services are working closely together to locate, apprehend and bring him to justice. The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, said in a statement: “Our security and intelligence agencies are doing everything possible to locate and catch him. We will take whatever steps necessary to ensure the safety and security of all British citizens and uphold the law.”
Questions have been raised over how M.B. was able to escape from Belmarsh, as it is a prison renowned for its high security and tight controls on prisoner movement. That M.B. was reportedly a terror suspect, and has ties to extremist groups, has only added to the public’s concerns.
The UK government has not addressed the questions directly but has said that it is doing everything it can to ensure that the situation is brought back under control. They have also asked for anyone with information about M.B.’s whereabouts to contact the authorities.