‘Terrorist’ Daniel Khalife ‘laughed & winked’ after being arrested by armed cops who yelled ‘don’t move or we’ll shoot’

TERROR suspect Daniel Khalifa glares at police as he is dramatically arrested after four days on the run.

Our exclusive picture shows the ex-soldier in handcuffs after a huge manhunt.

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Terror suspect Daniel Khalifa glares at police as he is dramatically arrested after four days on the run Credit: The SunAn exclusive photo obtained by The Sun on Sunday shows Khalife staring at onlookers as he is led to a van at 11.20am

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An exclusive photograph obtained by The Sun on Sunday shows Khalife staring at onlookers as he is led to a van at 11.20am Credit: The SunPlainclothes officers shouted 'Don't move or we'll shoot' as they finally caught jailbreak suspect Khalife

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Plainclothes officers shouted ‘Don’t move or we’ll shoot’ as they finally caught jailbreak suspect Khalife Credit: The Sun

Yesterday, undercover officers dragged him off his bike and wrestled him to the ground on a canal towpath.

Khalife, 21 — who escaped from Wandsworth Prison — was caught 12 miles away in Northolt, west London.

Plainclothes police shouted “Don’t move or we’ll shoot” as they finally caught jailbreak suspect Daniel Khalife yesterday.

The ex-soldier laughed at officers and winked at passers-by as he was handcuffed after four days on the run.

Officers took cover on a grass verge behind a wall near the canal towpath before pouncing at 10.41am.

He was dragged from his bicycle, believed to be stolen, wrestled to the floor and pinned to the underside of the bridge.

This ended one of the largest police manhunts in recent years — involving 150 counter-terrorist officers and an alert in all ports.

Khalife appeared like any normal cyclist, pedaling in the sunshine next to the Grand Union Canal in Northolt, west London – 12 miles from Wandsworth Prison, from which he escaped on Wednesday.

Wearing a T-shirt, shorts and trainers, he also had a sleeping bag, a change of clothes, a bottle of water and a Waitrose cooler bag which appeared to contain food.

It is not clear how he managed to get the item and whether he had help.

Student Ethan Andrews, 20, witnessed the arrest and asked officers if it was the same man he had seen in news reports.

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He said: “The guy looked at me, winked and started laughing. I thought, how arrogant is that?

“I can’t believe he just sat there, looked at me and just winked.”

Laughter can be heard in the video taken by Ethan of Khalife sitting on the ground surrounded by police officers.

Another witness said Khalife tried to claim his innocence and said: “It’s not me. I didn’t do anything.”

An exclusive photo obtained by The Sun on Sunday shows Khalife staring at onlookers as he is led to a van at 11.20am.

Another witness said: “He did not show any emotion and did not say a word.

“Up to that point he looked resigned and was taken off quite easily.

“There were a lot of police officers around him, so there was no chance for him to escape.”

With counter-terrorism chief Dominic Murphy, he said more than 150 of his officers were involved in the capture of Khalife.

He said the fugitive was “fully cooperative and was arrested in handcuffs.”

Khalife, a former member of the Royal Signals, was on the run for 75 hours after tying himself to the bottom of a prison food truck.

At the time, he was wearing a prison chef’s uniform.

Tonight he was in custody on suspicion of being illegally at large and being an escaped prisoner.

On Friday night, the search was narrowed to Chiswick, west London, amid two reported sightings of Khalife – the latest in Church Street near the Thames.

Officers were seen going door to door to search gardens, search car trunks and ask residents for ID.

More than 100 calls were made to police with tips and possible sightings, after Scotland Yard offered a £20,000 reward for information.

Albin Berglund, 42, said officers were looking at the tree outside his home in the Chiswick shopping center for more than half an hour at 3.30am.

He said: “About five officers and a dog were looking into a neighbour’s garden and a large tree.

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“They seemed to think he had climbed a tree to get into the garden next door.”

Resident Francis Hutchings, 26, was awakened by a knock from a plainclothes officer who told him sniffer dogs had picked up a scent in the alley behind his house.

He said police searched his garden before moving on.

Police searched Richmond Park on Thursday.

Commander Murphy added of the investigation: “It was approximately 75 hours from the time he disappeared from the prison to the time of his arrest. That’s pretty fast considering the challenge of searching for this person.

“It really picked up yesterday afternoon, with a number of calls from the public, but it really took a different turn last night, when we did an intelligence search in the Richmond area in the early hours.

“Although we didn’t find him in that search, while we were there, we had a number of calls over the next hour or two, giving us different information about having seen him.”

Former Met detective Peter Bleksley said the fact Khalife only managed to cover 12 miles in four days showed it was unlikely he was helped by a wider net.

Bleksley said: “While the police were waiting, they clearly knew his direction and method of travel. They set a trap and he rode his bike right into it.

“He didn’t get far in four days. To me, that would suggest that while there was pre-planning inside the prison, he had no one outside on his side.

“Where his clothes and sleeping bag came from will be part of the investigation. I don’t think he had a plan and lived smart – which ultimately meant he was doomed to fail. The only criminals who stay on the run for a long time have an outside support network.”

Speaking to broadcasters at the G20 summit in New Delhi, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “I am very pleased with the news and thank the police officers for their fantastic work over the past few days.

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“Also to the public who came forward with a huge number of leads to help the police.”

There is an ongoing investigation into how Khalifa escaped from a Category B prison as he is accused under the Official Secrets Act of attempting to pass information to an enemy state and of leaving a fake bomb at his military base.

Sources told The Sun on Sunday that Khalifa had bragged to other inmates that he had tried to escape about 10 days ago but had given up after his straps broke.

It is believed that he then strengthened the material before it erupted on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Justice did not want to comment on the investigation. Home Affairs Minister Suella Braverman: “Terrorism suspect Daniel Khalife has been captured and returned to custody thanks to the determined work of our police and intelligence partners.

“I want to thank the Metropolitan Police, our agencies and the Border Force for their work on this massive operation to ensure that this fugitive will now rightfully face the full force of the law.”

Justice Minister Alex Chalk said: “As Khalife is now in custody, the legal process must be allowed to take its course.

“I will leave no stone unturned to discover how this serious breach is possible. Such incidents are very rare.”

It was not clear where Khalifa was being held last night.

He would probably end up in a Category A prison such as Belmarsh in South East London.

Yesterday, undercover officers dragged him off his bike and wrestled him to the ground on a canal towpath

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He was dragged off his bike and wrestled to the ground on a canal towpath by undercover officers yesterdayCredit: Louis Wood News Group Newspapers LtdKhalifa is in custody on suspicion of being illegally at large and an escaped prisoner

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Khalifa is in custody on suspicion of being unlawfully at large and an escaped prisoner Credit: Metropolitan Police

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