X-ray age checks to be rapidly introduced after killer asylum seeker posed as child

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Technology will help catch migrants who lie about their age after Afghan murderer Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai exploited loopholes to enter UK

X-ray age checks to be rapidly introduced after killer asylum seeker posed as child
Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai
Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai’s claim that he was 14 years old was accepted on his arrival in the UK CREDIT: PA

X-ray age checks on migrants will be rapidly introduced to identify adults falsely claiming to be children, a Home Office minister has pledged after an Afghan double killer sneaked into Britain.

Chris Philp said the way that Afghan Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai exploited loopholes to enter the UK posing as a 14-year-old was a “very, very powerful illustration” of the need to reform age checks on migrants.

He said the Government would be “quickly” introducing X-ray and other scientific age checks to stop adult migrants claiming to be children to boost their asylum chances.

Abdulrahimzai claimed to be five years younger than he really was in order to enter the UK on a ferry from France in 2019 before going on to murder an aspiring Royal Marine. He stabbed Thomas Roberts to death during a row over an e-scooter in Bournemouth, Dorset, in March 2022.

Despite having had an asylum application rejected in Norway just weeks earlier, he was granted permission to stay in the UK in December 2019 after claiming to be an unaccompanied child fleeing the Taliban. He was placed with a female foster carer and even awarded a place at a local secondary school.

But there are now calls for an inquiry into the case, after it emerged that he had lied about his age and was actually an adult who had gunned down two fellow migrants with a Kalashnikov rifle in Serbia on his way to the UK.

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