Police name man ‘strongly suspected’ of involvement in Liverpool terror attack
Police disclosed the name of the man they believed was involved in a terrorist attack that took place in Liverpool.
Emad Al Swealmeen, 32, has been named by North West Counter Terrorism Police as the man they ‘firmly believe’ was involved in the incident which saw a car set on fire outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Sunday November 11th.
The incident caused the level of terrorist threat in the United Kingdom will change from “substantial” to “serious”, which means that a terrorist attack in the UK is “highly probable”.
Who is Emad Al Swealmeen?
The 32-year-old has been named by the North West Counterterrorism Police as the person they “strongly believe” to have been involved in the suicide bombing.
Chief Detective Inspector Andrew Meeks said: “Our investigations are ongoing, but at this point we strongly believe the deceased is 32-year-old Emad Al Swealmeen.”
Police have since raided two addresses linked to Al Swealmeen, where they say “important items” were recovered.
Meeks continued, “Al Swealmeen is connected to both the Rutland Avenue and Sutcliffe Street addresses where research is still ongoing.
“We believe he lived at the Sutcliffe Street address for a while and had recently rented the Rutland Avenue address.
“Our target is the Rutland Avenue address where we continued to collect important items.
“We continue to appeal for any information on this incident and now that we have released his name any information the public may have on Al Swealmeen, no matter how small, can be of great help to us.”
What happened at Liverpool Women’s Hospital?
Taxi exploded outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital shortly before 11 a.m. on November 11.
Russ Jackson, chief of the North West Counterterrorism Police, said the passenger, who they believe to be Al Swealmeen, appeared to have manufactured an improvised explosive device that caused the explosion.
The incident left the passenger dead and the driver injured.
Taxi driver David Perry was named the driver in question and has since been declared a ‘hero’ by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson.
In footage of the incident, Parry appeared to quickly lock the attacker into his car before the device exploded.