A taxi driver injured in a bomb blast at his passenger home in the northwestern city of Liverpool a week ago said on Sunday it was a “miracle” that he was alive.
In a statement issued by the police, David Perry said, “I’m really grateful she was released and thank those who worked hard for her release.”
British police have called the November 14 bombing a “terrorist act” and are trying to determine the cause of death of Imad al-Swalmin, a bomber killed outside a Liverpool women’s hospital. Police said the device contained explosives and ball bearings and could have resulted in “significant injuries or deaths” if left unattended.
Investigators say al-Swalemin, originally from Iraq and unsuccessful asylum seeker in the UK, appears to have acted alone.
Nevertheless, the UK’s official level of terrorist threat level had been raised from adequate to serious – meaning there was a high probability of an attack – after the blast.
Perry managed to get out before the taxi caught fire. He was treated at the hospital.
In his statement, the driver said he was “congratulated” on the goodwill and generosity he received after the attack.
“I need time to come to terms with what happened and to focus on my recovery mentally and physically,” Perry said. “Please be kind, vigilant and safe.”