Khalife slipped out of Wandsworth prison by clinging to the underside of a food delivery van (Picture: PA)
The unnamed close relative described the 21-year-old former soldier as a ‘very, very intelligent, easy going and kind boy’ who had changed in the past year.
They told The Times: ‘If I could talk to him, I would tell him to end this and give himself up, even though I understand he is afraid.’
Khalife slipped out of Wandsworth prison by clinging to the underside of a food delivery van shortly after serving breakfast to fellow inmates on Wednesday morning.
Scotland Yard has now confirmed further sightings on him in and around the Chiswick area of west London overnight.
The force revealed he is believed to be wearing a black baseball cap, black t-shirt and dark-coloured bottoms, and carrying a small bag or case, and said search efforts will be focused there on Saturday.
Officers have been stopping and checking cars, inspecting car boots and asking residents for their IDs.
Armed officers and police dogs are in the area while a police boat can be seen on the River Thames close to the roads.
It follows an earlier sighting of him around a mile from the jail shortly after the breakout.
A fellow prison inmate said Khalife seemed quite ‘down to earth’ (Picture: PA)
The chef’s uniform Khalife was wearing when he escaped
How Khalife is believed to have escaped (Picture: Rex/Getty/metro.co.uk)
The route that the Bidfood lorry took after leaving HMP Wandsworth (Picture: metro.co.uk)
Search efforts focused on nearby Richmond Park on Friday, with reports suggesting his mum and sister lived close by until a few years ago.
The relative told The Times they thought it unlikely he would seek family help while on the run, adding: ‘He would never want to cause us any problems. He loves us very much.’
The Metropolitan Police is offering a £20,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to the arrest Khalife, who was awaiting trial after allegedly planting a fake bomb at an RAF base and gathering information that might be useful to terrorists or enemies of the UK.
He was discharged from the Army in May.
Video footage obtained by the PA news agency shows police officers searching a Bidfood lorry with a sniffer dog after it was stopped as witnesses told of their shock as they learned about the incident.
Speaking on LBC on Friday, Met Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said Khalife’s escape was ‘clearly pre-planned’ and ‘it is a question’ whether it was an inside job.
Khalife’s disappearance has prompted questions over staffing levels at the Victorian jail and whether he should have been in a higher security prison.
Strapping was found underneath the delivery lorry which police stopped just over an hour after it left the prison at 7.32am, with officers suggesting Khalife held on to the bottom of the vehicle to escape.
Police have not ruled out the possibility he may have managed to flee the country despite heightened border checks.
Queuing freight traffic is held at junction 9 for Ashford in Kent as the search continues (Picture: Grant Falvey/LNP)
Khalife was declared missing at 7.50am, with police notified at 8.15am. The lorry was stopped on Upper Richmond Road, near the junction of Carlton Drive, at 8.37am.
CCTV footage later emerged of the van driving along a road in London after it had left the prison.
Justice Secretary Alex Chalk confirmed an independent investigation will take place after Khalife’s escape, alongside two urgent reviews looking at the categorisation and placement of all HMP Wandsworth prisoners and all those in custody charged with terrorism offences.
The former soldier, who denied the three charges against him, is described as slim, 6ft 2in, with short brown hair.
Khalife has links to the West Midlands – having been stationed at the Ministry of Defence’s Beacon Barracks in Stafford – and Kingston upon Thames in south-west London, but Mr Murphy said the hunt is covering the whole of the UK.
Kent Police said on Friday evening that junctions eight and nine of the M20 had reopened after being temporarily shut on Thursday due to the enhanced security checks involved with the search for Khalife.
Police have said there is no reason to believe Khalife poses a threat to the public but urged people not to approach him if they spot him and to call 999.
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