A Somali-born man who escaped from special police surveillance by disguising himself in a burqa has exposed shortcomings in the way Britain handles some terrorism suspects, prompting an embarrassed government to announce a review.

Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, who is suspected of having links with Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, gave authorities the slip last Friday by donning the full-length woman's religious garment while attending prayers at a London mosque.

It was the second time a terrorism suspect has absconded in the past 10 months and the main opposition Labour Party blamed new government rules it said made it easier for such people to evade surveillance.

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