Police have identified the suspected bomber who died in a car explosion outside a Liverpool hospital as 32-year-old Emad Al-Swealmeen.
While investigation into the explosion that occurred on Nov. 14 outside the Liverpool Women’s Hospital is still ongoing, Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Meeks of the Counter Terrorism Police said that they “strongly believe” Al-Swealmeen was the taxi passenger who carried a bomb that suddenly exploded at the drop-off point.
Meeks said police believe Al-Swealmeen lived at the Sutfcliffe Street address in the Kensington area — where officers arrested four men under the Terrorism Act — for some time.
Al-Swealmeen had recently rented a different property in Rutland Avenue in Sufton Park where police said he was picked up by the taxi.
Police said they have recovered bomb components at the Rutland Avenue address.
Police added that further searches will potentially be conducted in the coming days.
The motivation for the bombing is still unclear, but it has been declared as a terrorist incident, prompting the terror threat level in the United Kingdom to be raised to “severe.”
Police said they will seek to understand how Al-Swealmeen built the explosive device, why he took it to the Liverpool Women’s Hospital, why the device suddenly exploded, and if anyone else was involved.
Police have also identified David Perry as the taxi driver who narrowly escaped the explosion. He has been discharged from the hospital after being treated from non-life-threatening injuries.
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