Appeal over missing terror suspect

Andover Advertiser: A suspected terrorist has gone missing, Scotland Yard says A suspected terrorist has gone missing, Scotland Yard says

Police are searching for a suspected terrorist who has gone missing.

Ibrahim Magag, 28, absconded from a Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (Tpims) notice after failing to meet his overnight residence condition on Boxing Day, police said. He was last seen in the Camden area of north London on the same day at 5.20pm.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said on Monday night: "The Counter Terrorism Command immediately launched inquiries to trace the man and these continue. Public safety remains our priority. At the request of the police an anonymity order imposed by a court was lifted today to allow a public appeal. Anyone who sees this man or knows of his whereabouts should not approach him, but call 999 immediately."

He added: "Ibrahim Magag is not considered at this time to represent a direct threat to the British public."

Magag is described as a black man of Somali origin, 6ft 2in and slim to medium build. He has a beard, but detectives warned he may try to change his appearance. He was last seen wearing a khaki robe, a black Berghaus windcheater and navy Converse trainers.

Security Minister James Brokenshire said: "National security is the Government's top priority and the police are doing everything in their power to apprehend this man as quickly as possible. The Home Secretary, on police operational advice, applied to the High Court for an order protecting anonymity to be lifted in order to assist with their investigation.

"The Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measure in this case was intended to prevent fundraising and overseas travel. We do not believe his disappearance is linked to any terrorism planning in the UK."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the case raised "important questions". "The priority right now must be to find Ibrahim Magag, and I agree with the Home Secretary's decision to remove the suspect's anonymity," she said. "But the Home Secretary and the police also need to answer important questions about how Ibrahim Magag has been able to abscond.

"Ibrahim Magag was previously on a control order and relocated to the West Country - a decision upheld by the courts. The Home Secretary took the decision against the advice of security experts to replace control orders with Tpims, removing the power to relocate terror suspects and reducing restrictions. She also assured Parliament that surveillance would be sufficient to fill the gap.

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