A taxi driver in Liverpool survived the bombing and says that it was a miracle he’s alive. He is grateful no one else was hurt by “such an evil act.”
David Perry suffered injuries after an unexploded device caught on fire just seconds after he pulled up to the Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
Emad Al Swealmeen was 32-years old and an Iraqi asylum seeker. He died after his bomb detonated.
Perry thanked everyone for their “amazing generosity” during the blast.
The bomb, according to police, was an explosive made from homemade materials with attached ball bearings. This could have led to “significant injury or even death”.
Perry managed to escape just seconds before his car was set on fire. He was then taken to the hospital and has been released.
Counter Terrorism Policing North West issued a statement saying that Perry and Rachel were overwhelmed by all the support messages in the wake the Remembrance Sunday attack.
“We’d like to express our gratitude to all for the get-well wishes, and for your extraordinary generosity,” he stated.
“I feel miraculous that I live and am so grateful that no one else was inflicted by such an evil act.”
Perry stated that he had to “try to accept what’s occurred and concentrate on my mental and physical recovery.”
He expressed his gratitude to the staff of Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Aintree Hospital as well as Merseyside police and counter-terrorism officers, “who all have been incredible”.
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This comes just as leaders in Liverpool praised people who stood shoulder to shoulder after the bombing.
The correspondence was published by Serena Kennedy Merseyside Police chief constable, Joanne Anderson Liverpool City mayor, Emily Spurrell, Merseyside Police and Crime commissioner, and Steve Rotheram Mayor of Liverpool City Region.
The two men praised the people who came together in the face of “adversity” to support each other and pledged to “make people feel safe to walk out into the city, knowing that they’ll be safe.”
Al Swealmeen was a victim of mental illness. He lived in several countries in the Middle East, before moving to Britain. A member of his tribe in Jordan revealed this fact to BBC.
In 2014, his application for asylum was denied. His legal challenges to this decision were unsuccessful. He was not allowed to return to the UK by the Home Office.
Al Swealmeen, who converted to Christianity from Islam during this time, adopted the name Enzo Almeni.
Court records indicate that he made an asylum application under the same name again in January. At the time of his death, his submissions were under review.
Paul Bayes (Bishop of Liverpool) has dismissed criticisms of the church’s accommodation of asylum seekers and said that it was doing the right thing by supporting Al Swealmeen.
“We didn’t welcome a terrorist. We welcomed someone lost, not in his home country, and who was on an adventure,” he stated.
“Even though the police continue to tell us this, no one really knows what his motives were.”
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