Terrorism suspect is 'no threat to public'
BRITISH Home Secretary Theresa May has insisted that a terror suspect who escaped surveillance by disguising himself in a burka does not pose "a direct threat to the public in the UK".
Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, pictured, is understood to have trained and fought for al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based cell of the militant Islamist group al-Qa'ida.
The 27-year-old is the second person to breach a Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIM) notice since they were introduced to replace control orders in 2012.
Mrs May told MPs yesterday: "The police and Security Service have confirmed they do not believe this man poses a direct threat to the public in the UK. The reason he was put on a TPIM in the first place was to prevent his travel to support terrorism overseas."
Mohamed entered a west London mosque on Friday in Western-style clothes but CCTV images showed him leaving with his face and body fully covered by a burka.
In December, TPIM subject Ibrahim Magag ripped off his electronic tag and vanished in a black cab. Both men were members of a UK-based network for terrorism-related activity in Somalia, court documents have revealed.
It is thought that this network had access to money, false passports and documentation. He is also understood to have procured weapons for terrorism uses for the network.
Somalia-born Mohamed, who is 5ft 8in, of medium build, is "not considered at this time to represent a direct threat to the public", Scotland Yard said.