Liverpool hospital terror attack – Bomber killed in blast named
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The bomber killed in the terrorist attack outside the Women’s Hospital in Liverpool on Sunday has been named by Counter Terrorism Police North West as 32-year-old Emad Al Swealmeen.
Al Swealmeen was killed after a homemade device went off in the backseat of a taxi.
The taxi driver who has been named as David Perry noticed the device and in an act of "incredible presence of mind and bravery", as Boris Johnson described it, locked the cab with Al Swealmeen inside.
The device then exploded, killing Al Swealmeen and injuring Perry, who had to be taken to hospital, but has since been discharged.
The senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Meeks said: ''Our enquiries are very much ongoing but at this stage we strongly believe that the deceased is 32 year old Emad Al Swealmeen. Al Swealmeen is connected to both the Rutland Avenue and Sutcliffe Street addresses where searches are still ongoing.
"We believe he lived at the Sutcliffe Street address for some time and had recently rented the Rutland Avenue address.
"Our focus is the Rutland Avenue address where we have continued to recover significant items
"We continue to appeal for any information about this incident and now that we have released his name any information that the public may have about Al Swealmeen no matter how small may be of great assistance to us.''
In a conference on Monday, November 15, Merseyside Police first revealed their belief that Al Swealmeen was responsible for the bombing, but that his motives were "yet to be understood".
Counter terrorism police also announced that four men aged 29, 26, 21 and 20, had been arrested in the Kensington area of the city in connection with the blast.
Russ Jackson, head of counter terrorism policing north west, said: “The circumstances, as we understand them to be, are that yesterday (Sunday, November 14) shortly before 11am, a local taxi driver picked up a fare in the Rutland Avenue area of Liverpool.
“The fare, a man, had asked to be taken to the Liverpool Women’s Hospital which was about 10 minutes away. As the taxi approached the drop-off point at the hospital, an explosion occurred from within car, which quickly engulfed it in flames.
“Remarkably, the taxi driver, escaped from the cab. He has been treated for the injuries he sustained and has now been released from hospital."
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