A Somali-born terror suspect, Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed, associated with the group that killed over 67 shoppers in Kenya last month has successfully evaded the law and escaped from a community centre on Friday, dressed like a woman.
Mohammed entered the community centre wearing western clothes just hours after charges against him for allegedly tampering with his electronic tag were dropped but fooled authorities by coming out shortly afterwards completely covered from head to toe in a burka.
CCTV cameras later caught him wearing the burka, covering his face and body, as he left a community centre in Acton, west London.
Mohammed has been connected to Al Qaeda-linked fanatics as far back as 2008.
He is suspected of helping terrorists travel from the UK to Somalia and to have been involved in planning attacks, including one intended for the Juba Hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu in 2010.
As the Metropolitan Police continued searching for him, a furious political row over watered-down anti-terror orders was growing in Parliament.
Although Home Secretary, Theresa May, said Mohamed does not pose a direct threat to the public in Britain.
But Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper accused Mrs May of making it “easier for terror suspects to disappear”.
She said: “She was warned about changing the law, she was warned about weakening controls, she was warned more people would abscond – and they have, twice – and still she won’t act.”
Tory former Defence Minister Sir Gerald Howarth taunted Mrs May: “Can you have the burka banned because it is alien to this country and has enabled this man to abscond?”
Mohammed’s whereabouts are still unknown to the authorities as of Tuesday afternoon.