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Newspaper headlines: Chemical attack manhunt and Gazza's plea to Rashford


The Guardian: US orders reprisal strikes against Iranian-backed militia
Daily Mail: Manhunt for Clapham alkali attacker.
The Daily Mail also leads with a full front page on the nationwide hunt for Abdul Shokoor Ezedi. The paper says the 35-year-old is an Afghan refugee who was twice turned down for asylum after arriving illegally in Britain in 2016 in a lorry. He is accused of attacking a mother and her two daughters in Clapham on Wednesday night.
The Sun: I can't see, I can't see
"I can't see, I can't see", is the headline on the front of the Sun as it quotes a witness to the alkali attack who heard the screams of the injured mother. The mother and her two children are feared to have been deliberately targeted, according to police.
Daily Telegraph: Clapham chemical attack suspect was failed asylum seeker
Daily Mirror: Gazza's message to Marcus Rashford
Daily Express: Jeremy Hunt plans to cut 1p off National Insurance in major Spring Budget move
Metro: Rolling your eyes could be a sign of sexual discrimination, civil servants told
I newspaper: Millions to face 'stealth tax' squeeze but Hunt moves away from inheritance tax cut
Financial Times: Bank of England opens door to rate cuts but calls for 'more evidence' of falling inflation
Daily Star: You'll never want a loan

"Manhunt" is the headline for the Daily Mail as it leads on the search for Abdul Ezedi, who is suspected of throwing a corrosive chemical over a woman and her two daughters on Wednesday night.

The Daily Telegraph claims that despite having a criminal history, Ezedi was granted asylum several years ago, after a priest vouched he had converted to Christianity.

Two Conservative MPs on the right of the party tell the paper the case demonstrates the need to tighten the asylum system.

"I can't see!" is the headline on the front page of the Sun - quoting the woman's cries after she was attacked on Lessar Avenue, Clapham.

In other domestic news, England icon Paul Gascoigne has sent a heartfelt message of support to Manchester United star Marcus Rashford and insists the troubled star needs help, according to the Daily Mirror.

Photos from the scene show an abandoned silver hatchback abandoned on Lessar Avenue
A man was seen fleeing the scene and a police helicopter was used on Wednesday night to search for him.

The Guardian's main story is the decision by the US to order military strikes, in response to the attack on an American base in Jordan. The paper expects militia groups in Syria - and possibly Iraq - to be targeted, over several days

Jeremy Hunt is reportedly considering taking an extra penny off National Insurance, in what the Daily Express calls a "Spring Budget Giveaway". The paper says the move would cost £5bn.

But, the i newspaper reports millions of people are facing a further rise in what are called "stealth taxes" - where workers are dragged into higher income tax brackets, because thresholds have been frozen. Treasury sources tell the paper Jeremy Hunt doesn't have the £40bn worth of headroom that's needed to reverse the trend.

Finally, the Financial Times focus on the Bank of England's decision to hold interest rates at 5.25% - saying the Bank has "opened the door" to future cuts.