Suspect in alkali attack found drowned in River Thames, police confirm

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February 24, 2024

Abdul Ezedi's body, discovered near Tower Bridge at Tower Pier

Members of the Metropolitan Police Marine Policing Unit searched for the body. — Metropolitan Police

The suspect in the harrowing alkali attack, Abdul Ezedi, has been confirmed dead.

The Metropolitan Police revealed that Ezedi's lifeless body was recovered from the River Thames on Monday, bringing an end to the intense manhunt that followed the horrifying assault in Clapham last month.

The victim, a mother-of-two who suffered a corrosive chemical attack alongside her eight and three-year-old children, is now in stable condition and no longer sedated, according to the latest update from the police.

Commander Jon Savell expressed the ongoing commitment to investigating the atrocious attack, saying, "As the public would expect, our inquiries continue into this atrocious attack. We have still not been able to speak to her but hope to as soon as she is well enough."

Ezedi's body, discovered near Tower Bridge at Tower Pier, has undergone a post-mortem examination, and the formal identification was completed on Thursday. The Metropolitan Police said that a file will be passed to the coroner, marking a significant step towards the closure of this distressing chapter.

The suspect, from the Newcastle area, committed the assault on January 31, throwing a burning chemical over the woman and injuring one of the children. The subsequent manhunt involved tracing Ezedi's movements through CCTV footage, eventually revealing his tragic end in the River Thames.

As the investigation unfolds, the Metropolitan Police continues its relentless pursuit of justice, aiming to shed light on the motives behind this horrifying alkali attack.


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