British terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed escaped surveillance by changing into a burka on a visit to a mosque. Photo: Supplied
London: A British terror suspect who escaped surveillance by changing into a burka on a visit to a mosque is being hunted by counter-terrorism officers.
Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed was last seen at a west London mosque on Friday afternoon. He entered the building wearing Western-style clothes, but CCTV images issued by Scotland Yard later show him leaving with his face and body fully covered by the traditional Islamic garment.
The 27-year-old is subject to a Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures notice (Tpim). A court-imposed anonymity order banning the publication of Mr Mohamed's name has been lifted to allow police to make a public appeal, following an application from the Home Secretary.
Mr Mohamed is "not considered at this time to represent a direct threat to the public", Scotland Yard said, but urged anyone who sees him to call police immediately.
Somalia-born Mr Mohamed arrived at the An-Noor Masjid and Community Centre in Church Road, Acton, at 10am on Friday and was last seen there at 3.15pm that day.
Tpims, which include restrictions on overnight residence, travel and finance, are imposed by judges who are given access to secret evidence that cannot be placed before juries.
Last December, Ibrahim Magag, who is understood to have attended terrorist training camps in Somalia, absconded from a Tpim notice after ripping off his electronic tag. The police search for him is continuing.
The terrorism watchdog warned earlier this year that Tpims could allow those deemed potentially dangerous to be left "free and unconstrained" in the absence of prosecution or new evidence of terrorism-related activity.