Liverpool terrorist attack: Emad al Swealmeen began making ‘relevant purchases’ in April, says terror police | UK News

The Liverpool bomber began making “relevant purchases” for his attack in April, counter-terrorism police have said.

Emad al Swealmeen died when an explosive detonated and set fire to the taxi he was in. outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital in memory of Sunday.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson, head of Counter Terrorism Policing North West, said “a complex picture” was emerging in connection with the purchase of the components for the unit.

“We know that al Swealmeen leased the property from April this year and we believe relevant purchases have been made at least since then,” he said in a statement.

“We have now tracked down a relative of al Swealmeen who has informed us that he was born in Iraq.

“Our research has found that all Swealmeen have had episodes of mental illness, this will be part of the investigation and will take some time to fully understand.”

Jackson said an autopsy had confirmed the cause of death as “damage caused by the fire and explosion”.

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He also appealed to people who knew al Swealmeen – especially during this year – to step forward, but said police are currently “not finding any connection to others in the Merseyside area who are concerned”.

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CCTV: Moments before and after taxi explosion

It comes after the Home Secretary said the attacker was capable of it exploit Britain’s ‘dysfunctional’ asylum system to stay in the country.

Priti Patel said the system was a “complete carousel” with an “entire industry” dedicated to defending the rights of individuals who intend to cause harm.

Al Swealmeen, 32, understood has arrived in the UK from the Middle East in 2014 and was denied an application for asylum the following year but was still in the country.

Patel told reporters: “These people have come to our country and have abused British values, abused the values ​​of the structure of our country and our society.

“And as a result, there’s an entire industry that believes it’s right to defend these individuals who are causing the most heinous crimes against British citizens, ruining their lives, destroying communities – and that’s completely wrong.”

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Home Secretary Priti Patel said the attacker was taking advantage of Britain’s dysfunctional ‘asylum system

Al Swealmeen is believed to have converted from Islam to Christianity in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral in 2017.

There have been reports of growing unrest in the Home Office over the role the Church of England is playing in converting asylum seekers.

Others have expressed concern that some in Liverpool may have pretended to convert to Christianity in an attempt to increase their chances of staying in the UK.

Liverpool Cathedral said it has “robust processes to determine if anyone might be expressing a genuine commitment to faith”.

A spokesman said an asylum seeker must be “closely associated” with the congregation for at least two years before staff will support their application.

Aerial photo of the aftermath of the explosion at Liverpool Women's Hospital that killed one person and injured another Sunday.  The suspected terrorist Emad Al Swealmeen, 32, died after the device exploded in a taxi shortly before 11 a.m. on Remembrance Sunday.  Image Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
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Aerial photo of the aftermath of the explosion at Liverpool Women’s Hospital

Malcolm Hitchcott, who along with his wife took all the Swealmeen into their home to live with them, said he had contacted them in 2017 when he was “desperate” for a place to live.

In a speech to the Daily Telegraph, Hitchcott said: “He was very quiet but deeply moved by the faith in Jesus. I used to pray every day for half an hour in the dining room with him. I do not think he pretended to believe.”

The couple described al Swealmeen as artistic and a racing fan. He was reported to have changed his name to Enzo after racing driver Enzo Ferrari.

Police also said Wednesday that the burned-out taxi had been removed outside the hospital, but that specialists were still conducting searches.

Footage showed Cabbie David Perry running from the car moments after Sunday’s explosion, while his wife said it was “a complete miracle” he escaped relatively unharmed.

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Taxi driver David Perry ran from the car moments after the explosion

Police have searched a property on Rutland Avenue in Liverpool, which al Swealmeen had rented since April, as well as a property on Sutcliffe Street, where he was believed to have lived before.

Four men arrested under Liverpool terror law on Sunday and another man detained on Monday have been released without charge.

The incident has been declared a terrorist attack and the UK threat level has been raised to serious, meaning one attack is “very likely” – although police have stressed that there is no specific intelligence service, another attack is imminent.

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