The taxi driver who survived the terrorist attack in Liverpool said it was a “miracle that I was alive” and expressed his relief “no one else was hurt in such a wicked act” .
David Perry was injured when he drove a female passenger to Liverpool Women’s Hospital on November 14 and a bomb went off shortly before 11 a.m., engulfing the car in flames.
He managed to escape the car, but the assailant, Emad al-Swealmeen, 32, was killed in the blast – by an explosive device that police suspect was homemade and stuffed with bearings ball.
Perry, in a statement given to police with his wife, Rachel, said: “I feel like it is a miracle that I am alive and so grateful that no one else has been hurt in such a perverse act. “
He said it would take time to “come to terms with what happened” and focus on his mental and physical recovery. Perry urged the public to “please be kind, be vigilant and stay safe”.
It is an open letter from the police and local politicians praising the public for not allowing the explosion to “create discord, mistrust and fear in our communities”, affirming the “Liverpool’s proud heritage as a multicultural city”.
The letter praised people for coming together ‘in the face of adversity’ and was issued on behalf of Merseyside Police Chief Serena Kennedy, Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson, Police Commissioner and Merseyside Crime, Emily Spurrell, and Metro Mayor Steve. Rotheram.
“The ultimate goal of terrorism is to create discord, mistrust and fear in our communities, and although we know that some people can be anxious and worried, we have seen people across Liverpool standing side by side,” indicates the letter.
“And that’s because Liverpool, which has a proud heritage as a multicultural city, and the greater Merseyside region always come together at times like this and the pride of all of our communities is there for everyone. “
The comments in the letter came after some politicians were accused of exploiting the attack for political gain.
Perry and his wife said they were “overwhelmed” by the outpouring of support and good wishes from the public, police, rescuers and staff at Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Hospital for Women. Aintree. Perry was released after medical treatment.
The statement came a week after the attack, following which the Joint Terrorism Analysis Center reduced the UK’s terrorist threat level from substantial to serious, meaning another attack is deemed “very likely”.
Police are investigating potential motives for the bombing, such as links to Remembrance Sunday and a nearby church service of around 1,200 people at Liverpool Cathedral.
The security services are also assessing whether the hospital was the intended target. Four men arrested under anti-terrorism laws in Liverpool’s Kensington district have since been released after interviews.
Iraq-born Swealmeen has experienced mental health issues in the past. According to Elizabeth and Malcolm Hitchcott, a Christian couple from Liverpool with whom Swealmeen lived for eight months, he had been severed under the Mental Health Act for six months.
He applied for asylum in the UK in 2014, but was unsuccessful. Swealmeen converted to Christianity from Islam in 2017.