Liverpool suicide bomber used pseudonyms to buy components for homemade ball bearing device

Poppy Day bomber Emad Al Swealmeen’s ball bearing explosive may have been accidentally detonated when the taxi he was using to get to his target suddenly stopped.

Counter-terrorism police today confirmed they believe the 32-year-old Remembrance Day weapon would have caused ‘serious injury or death’ if detonated externally.

But the fact that he exploded inside innocent David Perry’s taxi outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital means only the suicide bomber was killed.

Police also revealed today that sneaky Al Swealmeen purchased components of his bomb individually and using a number of false names to avoid reporting the systems.

They also ruled out any connection to the horrific Manchester Arena atrocity perpetrated by jihadist Salman Abedi.

Counter-terrorism officers are set to paint a full picture of Al Swealmeen’s recent state of mind after speaking to his brother last night.

Deputy Chief Constable Russ Jackson, head of the North West Counter Terrorism Police, said: ‘We continue to make significant progress in relation to the CT incident at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

“Officers spoke with Al Swealmeen’s brother last night and it gave us some insight into his early years and an understanding of Al Swealmeen’s life and his recent state of mind, which is a clue. important investigation. We thank the members of the public who knew him and who contacted us.

Emad Al-Swealmeen, 32, pictured, loaded an improvised explosive device with nails and bolts, but it did not fully explode when it exploded in a taxi outside the Women’s Hospital in Liverpool just before 11am on Sunday.

Misfire: The taxi burns after the bomb explodes, now thought to have been set off by the stop

Misfire: The taxi burns after the bomb explodes, now thought to have been set off by the stop

New counter-terrorism police theory means Mr Perry foiled the attack by stopping his taxi

New counter-terrorism police theory means Mr Perry foiled the attack by stopping his taxi

“While there is a lot of scientific work to be done on the device to determine what made it up, we have learned a lot over the past five days.

“It was made using homemade explosives and had ball bearings that would have acted like shrapnel. If it had exploded under different circumstances, we believe it would have caused serious injury or death.

“We still don’t know how or why the device exploded when it did, but we don’t rule out that it was completely unintentional, and it’s possible that the vehicle’s movement or stoppage caused the explosion. ‘ignition.”

“We spend a considerable amount of time trying to understand how the purchases of the ingredients needed to manufacture the device were made. It’s complicated because the purchases lasted several months and Al Swealmeen used many pseudonyms. We are however confident that over time we will get a full picture of what purchases were made and how, and if anyone else was involved or knew what Al Swealmeen was doing.

“We have found no link between this incident and the terrible events in Manchester in May 2017. The device was also different from the one used in the Manchester Arena attack.

“The investigation is still progressing at a very rapid pace and will continue over the weekend and into the coming weeks.”

Pictured: An aerial view of the damaged car removed by medical examiners after the explosion at Liverpool Women's Hospital just before 11am on Remembrance Sunday

Aerial view of a damaged car removed by a medical examiner after the explosion at Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Remembrance Sunday

They housed him for eight months, took him to Bible classes, and welcomed him into their faith, culminating in his confirmation that year.

In 2017 he met retired Liverpool lay pastor Malcolm Hitchcott (left) and his wife Marion, both 77.

Emad Al Swealmeen, who was baptized and confirmed at the city’s Anglican cathedral in 2017 (left) after being welcomed by lay pastor Malcolm Hitchcott (together right), and later worked as a pizza chef after making several requests of asylum and appeals, including one under a new identity

His pipe bomb exploded as he approached the hospital after being

His pipe bomb exploded as he approached the hospital after being “shaken”. Experts have suggested it could have been a poorly designed Satan’s Mother device or even a device with fireworks.

Priti Patel accuses church of helping asylum seekers ‘game the system’ by converting to Christianity

The Church of England was today accused of helping asylum seekers ‘game’ the immigration system by helping hundreds to convert from Islam and ‘pray to stay’ in the UK, as it emerged that smugglers are using Instagram to urge migrants to follow Jesus to help them gain British citizenship.

Emad Al Swealmeen lost his first bid to stay in Britain in 2014 but appealed again in 2017 after worshiping at Liverpool Cathedral and his case was still pending when he blew himself up in a cab Sunday.

He was baptized and confirmed to have apparently spoken ‘endlessly and passionately about Jesus’, but members of the city’s largest Anglican church admitted they “lost contact” with him a few months after the ceremony. He was one of approximately 200 asylum seekers to adopt the faith there over a four-year period.

A clergyman at Liverpool Cathedral had previously raised concerns about asylum seekers cynically posing as Christians to boost their chances of being granted refugee status. The Reverend Mohammad Eghtedarian admitted in 2016 that “a lot of people” were lying about their intentions after it emerged that the Church of England had baptized hundreds of asylum seekers under a program dubbed “pray to stay”.

He said: “There are a lot of people abusing the system…I’m not ashamed to say that.” But is it the fault of the person or the fault of the system? And who are they fooling? The Ministry of the Interior, me as a pastor or God?

MPs must demand a formal parliamentary inquiry into whether bogus Christian converts are fooling the Church of England to avoid deportation to strict Muslim countries where they come from.

It came as new statistics revealed that between January 2020 and June this year, 29% of all migrants arriving by boat say they are from Iran and 20% say they are from Iraq. 91% of all migrants came from just 10 countries – including Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Eritrea and Yemen. They are also nations named in the top 20 countries where Christians are most persecuted for following Jesus.

Priti Patel said last night that Al Swealmeen, who changed his name to Enzo Almeni shortly after finding Jesus, operated the UK asylum ‘merry-go-round’ while a Home Office source said said switching from Islam to Christianity was now a “common practice” among asylum seekers “to game the asylum system”.

Experts believe that if the bomb had worked as intended, metal fragments would have been thrown in all directions, shredding the car and cutting off passers-by.

Forensic tests should reveal why he failed.

Mr Perry is believed to have escaped serious injury as the blast was largely confined to the rear seat before the vehicle burst into flames.

Early accounts of Mr Perry’s bravery suggested he stopped the taxi after spotting parts of his passenger’s device.

The new police theory of the early bang triggered by the taxi stopping means the driver effectively foiled the murder plot.

Yesterday it emerged that Al Swealmeen, 32, had spent months scouring the internet to buy chemicals and metal components in small quantities to avoid detection.

The failed asylum seeker, who arrived in Britain from Iraq, is said to have received online shopping packages constantly arriving at his rented flat in Liverpool.

Officers recovered traces of chemicals from the bomb factory indicating he experimented with various explosives.

One of the recipes he reportedly followed was for hexamethylene triperoxide diamine – the same material used by the London bombers of July 7, 2005.

In previous terrorist attacks such as the Manchester Arena bombing and the Parsons Green tube explosion, key ingredients were purchased from Amazon.

Yesterday the company said it was checking whether Al Swealmeen had purchased chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide.

An Amazon spokesperson said: ‘We only sell products that comply with UK laws. In addition, we also continue to work closely with police and law enforcement.

The motive for the attack remains unclear as agents do not yet have access to the suicide bomber’s computers.

Al Swealmeen had converted to Christianity in Liverpool Cathedral and attended services in the suburb of Fazakerley until 2019. But then he disappeared, according to leaders of his local church.

Reports yesterday suggested he regularly attended a local mosque.

Far-right extremism has for the first time overtaken Islamism as the main reason for referral to the government’s anti-radicalization program Prevent, according to official figures.

It was responsible for 1,229 referrals, about a quarter of the 4,915 made from April 2020 to March this year.

There were 1,064 on Islamism – 22%. Most of the others involved people with mixed, unstable or unclear ideologies.

The impact of coronavirus curbs has led to a 22% drop in referrals to Prevent, the first since records began in 2016. Under-20s make up 48% of cases – and men 88%.


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Richard V. Johnson