British bomber ‘bought parts for six months’

British Bomber ‘Bought Parts For Six Months’

The suspect who died in a taxi explosion in Liverpool bought parts for a bomb for at least six months and appears to have acted alone, British police say.

Emad Al Swealmeen, 32, died when an explosion ripped through the cabin in which he was a passenger as it pulled up outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital this Sunday morning. The taxi driver was injured.

Russ Jackson, head of counter-terrorism for north-west England, said Al Swealmeen had rented a home in the city in April and has since made “relevant purchases” for a device.

Jackson said researchers had not identified any other people “of concern” to date.

Detectives are also gathering details on Al Swealmeen’s life, saying a relative told them he was born in Iraq.

He applied for asylum in Britain in 2014 but was rejected, authorities said. It is unclear what his legal status was at the time of the bombing.

Police have also confirmed that Al Swealmeen has been treated for mental illness in the past.

Clerics from two churches in Liverpool said Al Swealmeen had converted from Islam to Christianity and appeared to be sincere in his faith.

Joy Gambardella, a lay reader at Emmanuel Church in the city, said the attacker had been a “devoted Christian”.

“He loved baking and did a baking class. He also did pizza making,” Gambardella said.

“He baked cakes for the church and sold them.

“I never, never expected that he could have done something like this, ever.”

Investigators are still trying to determine the motive for the attack and whether the Liverpool Women’s Hospital was the intended target.

The taxi driver, David Perry, escaped from the vehicle before it went up in flames. He was treated in hospital and released.

Britain’s official threat level was raised from substantial to serious – meaning an attack is very likely – after the blast.

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