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September 26, 2023

UK government insists escaped terror suspect will be captured amid questions over rare jail break

The UK government has insisted that the terror suspect who escaped from a high-security prison will be captured as questions are raised about how he managed to escape. The man, who was jailed for terrorism offences in 2018, escaped from Whitemoor Prison in Cambridgeshire on Tuesday in what the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has described as a "rare and complex" incident. Security minister James Brokenshire described the escape as "deeply concerning", and promised to find the escaped terrorist. "We are making sure we are using every resource and asset available to us," he told BBC radio. The prison service has launched a major manhunt for the fugitive, both internally and by recruiting local agencies including police forces. Brokenshire said that a helicopter was being used to help with the search and extra CCTV cameras have also been installed at the prison as part of the investigation. The incident has caused outrage with lawmakers and members of the public calling for an immediate review of prison security, with Labour saying the escape raises questions about why a person convicted of such serious crimes was held in a low-security jail. The UK government is adamant that the suspect will be captured and returned to jail. Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said on Tuesday night that extra measures had been put in place to tighten security and that the fugitive should consider himself a "wanted man". The government has also promised a thorough investigation to ensure that such an incident does not happen again in the future.