Suspected of bombing attacks in Liverpool was baptized at the city’s cathedral

Liverpool suspect in terrorist attack, Emad Al Swealmeen, was christened at the city’s Anglican Cathedral, it has been confirmed.

A spokesman for Liverpool Cathedral said Al Swealmeen was baptized in 2015 and confirmed in 2017, but lost contact with the cathedral in 2018.

Police believe Al Swealmeen died when an improvised explosive device went off in a taxi outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital just before 11am on Sunday 14 November.

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His confirmation was performed by Bishop Cyril Ashton, who today spoke of his horror at the news of Sunday’s explosion.

Bishop Ashton said: “Like so many others, I have been shocked and saddened by the bombing of Liverpool and the revelation that the bomber was part of the cathedral community for some time.

Police named Emad Al Swealmeen as the man who died when a homemade appliance exploded in the air behind a taxi shortly before.

“His confirmation was one of hundreds I have conducted as a bishop, so I have no specific memory of the individual.

“The Church takes confirmation seriously, and I know he would have been thoroughly prepared with an understanding of the Christian faith.

“Unfortunately, it seems that the bomber, despite this grounding, chose a different path for his life. My prayers are for the Cathedral, David Perry and the entire community at this time.”

In a statement, Liverpool Cathedral said: “The dean and the chapter of Liverpool Cathedral have expressed their shock at the news that the bomber on Sunday was linked to our community.

“Like everyone in town, we were appalled by this person’s actions, grateful for David Perry’s heroic actions and grateful that further deaths and injuries were prevented.

“Obviously, we can not speculate on the motivations of this person. But we are aware that a person’s actions do not reflect an entire society, and we remain united with everyone in the city and country who works for peace while we continues to pray for Liverpool at this time. “

Liverpool Cathedral confirmed that Emad al Swealmeen was baptized there
Liverpool Cathedral confirmed that Emad al Swealmeen was baptized there

It has been reported that Al Swealmen briefly lived with the Christian couple Malcolm and Elizabeth Hitchcott in their southern Liverpool home after first meeting with them in 2015.

Hitchcott said: “He came to the cathedral to teach Christianity, he was looking to convert. He was confirmed on March 27, 2017.”

Explosion of Liverpool Women’s Hospital

Al Swealmeen lived with the couple for eight months in 2016, and they said he was a “quiet and well-behaved” man who was also quite artistic.

Hitchcott said: “We are shocked because you could not imagine a less likely candidate.”

ECHO sought to talk to Hitchcotts, but said they “do not want to be disturbed”.

The investigation into Sunday’s attacks continues around town, with barricades still in place at the Women’s Hospital, on Sutcliffe Street in Kensington, where Al Swealmen was staying – and in Rutland Avenue, where he rented a property and ordered the taxi from Sunday morning.

Police said ‘significant objects’ were located at the address near Sefton Park.

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