Asylum Applicant Who Converted To Christianity Is A Migrant Involved In A Sexual Assault Involving Corrosive Substances

According to some sources, an Afghan immigrant man who is wanted for maiming a mother and her two daughters in an attack using caustic substances in London is a convicted sex offender who successfully applied for asylum following two previous unsuccessful efforts.

Asylum Applicant Who Converted To Christianity Is A Migrant Involved In A Sexual Assault Involving Corrosive Substances

During an incident on Wednesday night at Lessar Avenue in the southern part of the city, Abdul Shokoor Ezedi, 35, is accused of throwing a caustic alkaline substance from a metal coffee cup at a 31-year-old mother and her daughters, ages 3 and 8. The three of them are still in the hospital.

According to the BBC, the suspect tried to flee the scene in a car but collided with a stationary car before taking off.

It has since come to light that Ezedi is an Afghan asylum seeker who was granted permission to remain in the United Kingdom even after being found guilty of a sexual offence in 2018. In 2016, he rode on the back of a truck to the United Kingdom.

For sexual assault, he was sentenced to nine weeks in jail with a two-year suspension, and for exposure, he was given 36 weeks in jail with a two-year suspension. On his third application in 2020, he was granted permission to remain in the United Kingdom, according to the BBC.

Ezedi’s application was aided by a priest’s attestation that he had become a Christian, according to the Daily Mail. He was a practising Muslim before.

Investigators, according to the Metropolitan Police, think the woman and Ezedi “are known to each other.”

“While none of their conditions are life-threatening, the injuries to the woman and younger girl could be life-changing,” Superintendent Gabriel Cameron said.

“It may be some time before hospital staff can say how serious that might be,” Cameron added.

Additionally, according to the police, three women—two in their 30s and one in their 50s—were hurt when they rushed to the family’s rescue.

They all had minor burn injuries when they were released from the hospital. An additional volunteer, a man in his 50s, turned down medical attention for little wounds.

According to Cameron, five police officers who responded to the site were hurt, but they have already been treated and released from the hospital.

“All these members of the public, and my officers, deserve enormous recognition and praise for coming to the aid of this woman and children in what must have been a terrifying scenario,” he said. “We will provide them with all the support we can.”

Currently, the Met Police are trying to locate Ezedi.

“We believe he travelled down from Newcastle earlier that day. We don’t know yet what led to it. We’re working to establish the circumstances,” Cameron said.

“While this appears a targeted attack, he is a dangerous individual, and we urgently need to find him,” he added.

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