Clapham acid attack suspect Abdul Ezedi 'could die from facial injuries' if left untreated, police say

Wednesday 7 February 2024

Police have warned that the facial injuries suffered by Abdul Ezedi, 35, in the attack in Clapham, south London, could be fatal if left untreated.

They also confirmed that Ezedi had been in a relationship with the mother who was injured.

Investigators said the breakdown of the relationship may have been a motive for the harrowing attack, which saw the 31-year-old and her two daughters, aged three and eight, hurt.

A massive manhunt is under way for Abdul Ezedi, with the last confirmed sighting now at around 11pm on Wednesday January 31, a few hours after the attack.

He was initially travelling around on the Tube network using his bank card and, after that, appears to have been walking a route that broadly hugged the River Thames.

Police have warned that the facial injuries suffered by Abdul Ezedi could be fatal if left untreated.

The woman hurt in the attack, who may lose the sight in her right eye, remains sedated in hospital and is still too ill to speak to police.

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Investigators said that she had agreed to meet him on the day of the attack, and that she and her children were in a car with Ezedi when he struck.

Officers will return to the scene of the attack on Wednesday evening, a week after a woman and her two children, aged eight and three, were doused with a corrosive liquid.

Metropolitan Police Commander Jon Savell told journalists that the massive manhunt for Ezedi is “an incredibly high priority attempted murder investigation”.

Turning to potential motives, he said: “They were in a relationship and that relationship had broken down.”

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