Police Say Clapham Suspect Arranged Meeting with Victim Prior to Attack


The Metropolitan Police believe that Abdul Shokoor Ezedi, the suspect in the Clapham alkali attack, was in a relationship with the victim. The breakdown of this relationship is suspected to be his motive. Ezedi, 35, is believed to have arranged a meeting with the woman, who remains sedated in hospital. He is wanted for attempted murder.

Ezedi was last seen on 31 January, following the attack on the woman and her two daughters in south London. The police have urged him to surrender. There is a strong indication that Ezedi had been in a relationship with the victim, which had ended. He allegedly attacked her with a corrosive liquid after arranging to meet her.

Commander Jon Savell stated that they could not provide details about the duration or breakdown of the relationship. The victim may lose sight in her right eye due to the attack. Her daughters have been discharged from hospital and are recovering.

CCTV footage shows Ezedi crossing Vauxhall Bridge and onto Vauxhall Bridge Road at 23:00 GMT on the day of the attack. His injuries are believed to be severe and potentially fatal if untreated. The police do not believe he has received medical attention.

Ezedi, originally from Newcastle and believed to have arrived in the UK from Afghanistan in 2016, is not thought to be the father of the injured children. He has previous convictions for sexual assault and exposure from 2018. The Met Police have offered a £20,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender but has since been released on bail. Darius Nasimi, from the charity Afghanistan and Central Asian Association, urged anyone harboring Ezedi or helping him evade capture to come forward, emphasizing that this attack does not reflect the Afghan community in the UK.

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