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Liverpool Bomb: What We Know About Attack And Suspect

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A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up with a homemade device outside a maternity hospital in Liverpool on Sunday.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • A taxi exploded in flames outside Liverpool Women’s hospital in the city centre, shortly before 11am on Sunday.

  • A male passenger inside the vehicle was killed in the blast and declared dead at the scene.

  • Police have identified the passenger as 32-year-old Emad al-Swealmeen.

  • The taxi driver – named as David Perry – managed to escape before the flames spread and was released from hospital on Monday after being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was injured or killed.

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CCTV footage shows bomb exploding in taxi outside Liverpool Women’s hospital – video
  • Police inquiries indicate that Swealmeen made an improvised explosive device (IED) and brought it into the taxi.

  • Four men were arrested on Sunday afternoon and Monday but have all been released.

  • The motive for the apparent attack is unknown but links to the Remembrance Day ceremony nearby are being explored.

  • Swealmeen is understood to have been an asylum-seeker who had previously lived in Iraq. He was refused asylum in 2014, according to reports.

  • He lived with a couple called Malcolm and Elizabeth Hitchcott for eight months, who have described him as a “lovely guy”.

  • Swealmeen converted from Islam to Christianity at a ceremony in Liverpool’s Anglican cathedral.

Liverpool Women’s hospital – map

  • The suspected attacker was previously sectioned under mental health laws after being arrested for possession of a large knife.

  • He was reportedly interested in motor-racing and had changed his name to Enzo Almeni, in a nod to the supercar creator Enzo Ferrari.

  • The police have connected him to addresses in Sutcliffe Street, Liverpool, which is understood to be a privately run hostel for asylum-seekers, and a property in Rutland Avenue.