Liverpool hospital bomb news: Emad Al Swealmeen 'unknown to MI5' as cops probe links to Middle East terror amid search

BORIS Johnson today told a Downing Street press conference the attack outside Liverpool Women's Hospital was "sickening"- and told Brits to remain vigilant.

The Prime Minister said: "What yesterday showed above all is that the British people will never be cowed by terrorism, we will never give in to those who seek to divide us with senseless acts of violence. And our freedoms and our way of life will always prevail."

He said emergency services responded with "such speed and professionalism" – but add it is "a stark reminder of the need for us all to remain utterly vigilant."

It comes as Britain's terror threat level has been raised to severe following the Liverpool car bomb plot – meaning another attack is seen as "highly likely".

Read our Liverpool explosion live blog for the latest updates…

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    What we know so far…

    • Police named the man killed in the taxi bomb as 32-year-old Emad Al Swealmeen
    • He also went by the name Enzo Almeni
    • The terrorist was killed and taxi driver injured in a car bomb blast at Liverpool Women's Hospital yesterday
    • Hero cabbie Dave Perry locked the passenger in the taxi to prevent further disaster
    • The horror is being treated as a terrorist incident but the motive is unclear
    • Four people have been arrested on suspicion of terror offences
    • The bomb was homemade and manufactured 'by the passenger in the taxi'
    • Boris Johnson will chair an emergency Cobra meeting today as the terror threat is raised to the second highest level of 'severe'

    Police cordon remains at Rutland Avenue

    A police cordon remains in place on Rutland Avenue near Sefton Park in Liverpool.

    A crime scene investigator wearing a white suit was seen going in and out of a property in the street and a number of police vehicles were at the scene.

    Police helped to carry shopping deliveries and a Deliveroo to properties within the cordon.

    'Sickening'

    Boris Johnson told a Downing Street press conference the attack outside Liverpool Women's Hospital was "sickening".

    The Prime Minister said: "What yesterday showed above all is that the British people will never be cowed by terrorism, we will never give in to those who seek to divide us with senseless acts of violence.

    "And our freedoms and our way of life will always prevail."

    He said emergency services responded with "such speed and professionalism".

    But he added: "It is a stark reminder of the need for us all to remain utterly vigilant."

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      No connection to Remembrance Sunday events at this time – police

      ACC Jackson said they “cannot at this time draw any connection” with Remembrance Sunday events nearby but confirmed it is a line of inquiry.

      The officer added: "Remarkably, the taxi driver, escaped from the cab. He has been treated for the injuries he sustained and has now been released from hospital.

      "Emergency services quickly attended the scene and Merseyside Fire and Rescue put out the fire following which it quickly became apparent that the passenger remained in the vehicle and was deceased.

      "It is not clear what the motivation for this incident is.

      "Our enquiries indicate that an improvised explosive device has been manufactured and our assumption so far is that this was built by the passenger in the taxi.

      "The reason why he then took it to the Women's Hospital is unknown, as is the reason for its sudden explosion.

      "Although, the motivation for this incident is yet to be understood, given all the circumstances, it has been declared a terrorist incident and Counter Terrorism Policing are continuing with the investigation."

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      No wider risk to public but investigations continue

      Police said on Monday they had conducted a controlled explosion after a blast in a taxi outside a hospital in Liverpool on Sunday which was declared a terrorist incident by the authorities.

      "Officers investigating the explosion at Liverpool Women's Hospital yesterday… have carried out a controlled explosion as a precaution at Sefton Park in Liverpool as part of the ongoing investigation," Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.

      "There is believed to be no wider risk to the public and the investigation continues.

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      Four men arrested under terrorism laws

      Four men have been arrested under terrorism laws in the Kensington area of Liverpool – three aged 21, 26 and 29, who were held on Sunday, and a man aged 20, who was detained on Monday.

      MI5 is assisting the police with the investigation.

      Official sources previously confirmed to the PA news agency the suspect was not previously known to the security services.

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      Police statement as suspect is named

      Police added that they have recovered "significant items" from the home on Rutland Avenue that Al Swealmeen rented.

      The senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Meeks said tonight: "Our enquiries are very much ongoing but at this stage we strongly believe that the deceased is 32-year-old Emad Al Swealmeen.

      "Al Swealmeen is connected to both the Rutland Avenue and Sutcliffe Street addresses where searches are still ongoing.

      "We believe he lived at the Sutcliffe Street address for some time and had recently rented the Rutland Avenue address.

      "Our focus is the Rutland Avenue address where we have continued to recover significant items.

      "We continue to appeal for any information about this incident and now that we have released his name any information that the public may have about Al Swealmeen no matter how small may be of great assistance to us."

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      Who is Enzo Almeni?

      Almeni is a Syrian asylum seeker who converted to Christianity and was once arrested for carrying a knife.

      It's understood he arrived in the UK several years ago, and has mostly lived in Liverpool.

      He was being supported by Christian volunteers from a network of churches who help asylum seekers, according to MailOnline.

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      Pictured: Liverpool bomb suspect Emad Al Swealmeen

      THE LIVERPOOL hospital bomber has been named by police as terror cops continue to search "bomb factory" houses in the area.

      Emad Al Swealmeen, 32, has been named as the man who died after the taxi exploded in a fireball just seconds after pulling up outside of Liverpool Women's Hospital.

      Police said that they "strongly believe" that the man who died in the car bomb terror attack was Emad Al Swealmeen – also known as Enzo Almeni in Britain.

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      Police 'strongly believe' man who died is Emad Al Swealmeen

      Police said that they "strongly believe" that the man who died in the car bomb terror attack was Emad Al Swealmeen.

      The 32-year-old has connections to both Rutland Avenue and Sutcliffe Street – where cops are continuing to search for clues.

      Al Swealmeen took a taxi to the hospital in Liverpool with a handmade bomb – before the explosive detonated in the vehicle.

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      What we know so far (continued…)

      • – Police believe they know the identity of the passenger but have not confirmed it publicly.
      • – The suspect is understood to be of Middle Eastern origin and reportedly settled in Britain several years ago.
      • – Official sources confirmed to the PA news agency that the man who died was not previously known to the security services.
      • – Detectives are unsure what the motivation behind the attack was, the reason for the device's "sudden explosion" or why the passenger asked to be taken to the hospital.
      • – Three men aged 21, 26 and 29 were detained on Sunday in Sutcliffe Street in the nearby Kensington area of the city.
      • – A fourth man, aged 20, was arrested on Monday, also in the Kensington area.

      BREAKING: Terrorist behind Liverpool bomb NAMED

      British police on Monday named the man behind a Liverpool taxi blast, which authorities have called a terrorist incident, as 32-year old Emad Al Swealmeen.

      "Our enquiries are very much ongoing but at this stage we strongly believe that the deceased is 32 year old Emad Al Swealmeen," Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Meeks from Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.

      "Al Swealmeen is connected to both the Rutland Avenue and Sutcliffe Street addresses where searches are still ongoing.

      Liverpool explosion: What we know so far

      • – The explosion happened inside a taxi outside the hospital moments before 11am on Remembrance Sunday.
      • – Emergency services were on the scene within minutes and one man, the passenger in the taxi, was pronounced dead.
      • – The driver of the taxi, named locally as David Perry, was injured but managed to escape and has since been released from hospital.
      • – He picked up the passenger in the Rutland Avenue area of Liverpool, roughly a 10-minute drive from Liverpool Women's Hospital, said Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson, from Counter-Terrorism Policing North West.
      • – Officers said an explosion came from within the car as it approached the drop-off point.
      • – Police have declared the event a "terrorist incident" and said the proximity in location and time to Remembrance services was a "line of inquiry", though officers cannot draw a connection "at this time".
      • – The UK terror threat level was raised to severe in the wake of the incident, meaning an attack is highly likely.
      • – Officers say "inquiries indicate that an improvised explosive device has been manufactured" and are working under the assumption the passenger built it in the taxi.

      UK terror level raised to 'severe'

      The UK's terrorism threat level has been raised after two attacks in the space of a month.

      It is now listed as "severe", which means an attack is "highly likely".

      The threat level had been lowered to "substantial" in February, meaning an attack is "likely", after being raised to severe in November last year.

      Terrorist was picked up at Rutland Avenue

      Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson, Counter Terrorism North West, said the dead bomber was picked up in Rutland Avenue just before 11am.

      He then asked to be taken to Liverpool Women’s Hospital, which is around ten minutes away.

      As the taxi approached the hospital, the explosion tore through the car and engulfed it in a fireball.

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        Police carry out 'controlled explosion' at Sefton Park

        Police said on Monday they had conducted a controlled explosion after a blast in a taxi outside a hospital in Liverpool on Sunday which was declared a terrorist incident by the authorities.

        "Officers investigating the explosion at Liverpool Women's Hospital yesterday… have carried out a controlled explosion as a precaution at Sefton Park in Liverpool as part of the ongoing investigation," Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.

        "There is believed to be no wider risk to the public and the investigation continues."

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        PM slams terror attack as 'sickening'

        Boris Johnson told a Downing Street press conference the attack outside Liverpool Women's Hospital was "sickening".

        The Prime Minister said: "What yesterday showed above all is that the British people will never be cowed by terrorism, we will never give in to those who seek to divide us with senseless acts of violence.

        "And our freedoms and our way of life will always prevail."

        He said emergency services responded with "such speed and professionalism".

        But he added: "It is a stark reminder of the need for us all to remain utterly vigilant."

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        Shadow home secretary said it's 'understandable' that terror threat is raised

        Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said it was "understandable" that the terror threat level had been raised to severe "after the second incident in a matter of weeks".

        "Our thoughts are with the people of Merseyside, and we thank our emergency services who acted so swiftly in the face of danger," he said.

        "Those who seek to divide us with acts of terrorism and hatred must never win. As a country, we stand together with the people of Liverpool.

        "The criminal investigation must now be able to proceed quickly.

        "We urge anyone with any information to come forward and for people to remain vigilant."

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        Priti Patel: We continue to work with world class security intelligence

        Home Secretary Priti Patel announced: "The Joint Terror Analysis Centre are now increasing the UK's threat level from substantial to severe.

        "There's a reason for that and that reason is because what we saw yesterday is the second incident in a month now.

        "Of course that means we continue to work with our world-class security intelligence and policing services.

        "There's a live investigation taking place now – they will need the time, the space to do the work that they're doing in terms of investigating the incident.

        "But of course we as a Government and I as Home Secretary continue to work with everyone when it comes to the security of our country and making sure we're taking all the necessary steps required."

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        Pictured: Hero taxi driver who leapt from cab as it exploded

        Dave Perry leapt from the taxi as it exploded and hasbeen hailed as a 'hero'.

        Shocking footage showed the exact moment the car exploded, before the stunned cabbie was seen running from the blast.

        Last night, David was stable in hospital with burns and shrapnel injuries, including damage to his ear.

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        PM pays tribute to emergency services in Commons statement

        The Prime Minister told MPs in the Commons: "I would like to say a few words about the sickening attack that took place yesterday morning outside the Liverpool Women's Hospital.

        "On behalf of the whole House I want to pay tribute to the swift and professional response by the extraordinary men and women of the emergency services who once again showed themselves to be the very best among us.

        "The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) has today raised the nationwide threat level from substantial to severe, meaning an attack is highly likely.

        "The police are keeping both myself and the Home Secretary informed on developments and we will of course in turn keep the House updated on the investigation as it continues."

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        Terror threat raised after UK sees two attacks in one month

        The UK's terrorism threat level has been raised after two attacks in the space of a month.

        It is now listed as "severe", which means an attack is "highly likely".

        The threat level had been lowered to "substantial" in February, meaning an attack is "likely", after being raised to severe in November last year.

        The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and MI5 are responsible for setting the international and domestic threat levels respectively, taking into account available intelligence, terrorist intentions and capability as well as potential timescales for attacks.

        Speaking to broadcasters, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, Jtac, are now increasing the United Kingdom's threat level from substantial to severe.

        "And there's a reason for that, and that reason is because what we saw yesterday is the second incident in a month."

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        PM: We will not be cowed by terrorism

        Boris Johnson urged the public to be "vigilant" after the UK terror threat level was raised to severe following a blast outside Liverpool Women's Hospital.

        The Prime Minister told the Downing Street press conference: "We're moving from substantial to severe on the advice of JTac (Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre).

        "That simply reflects the number of attacks, failed or successful, that we've seen in the last few weeks and months.

        "But as you know those gradations – substantial, severe – they bump around and what we're really saying to the public as a result of what happened in Liverpool is that everybody's got to be vigilant."

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        PM urges public to 'stay vigilant' as UK terror threat raised

        Boris Johnson urged the public to be "vigilant" after the UK terror threat level was raised to severe following a blast outside Liverpool Women's Hospital.

        The Prime Minister told the Downing Street press conference: "We're moving from substantial to severe on the advice of JTac (Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre).

        "That simply reflects the number of attacks, failed or successful, that we've seen in the last few weeks and months.

        "But as you know those gradations – substantial, severe – they bump around and what we're really saying to the public as a result of what happened in Liverpool is that everybody's got to be vigilant."

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        Sajid Javid pays tribute to NHS staff at Liverpool Women's Hospital

        Health Secretary Sajid Javid paid tribute to NHS staff at Liverpool Women's Hospital who were affected by the explosion outside the building at the weekend.

        In the Commons, Mr Javid said: "This is an ongoing investigation into what has now been declared a terrorist incident by police so it wouldn't be appropriate for me to comment in any detail.

        "But I would like to take a moment to express my thanks to all of the NHS staff and emergency serves who have responded to the incident.

        "They have shown the utmost professionalism in the most difficult of circumstances and my thoughts, and I know the thoughts of the whole House, are with them and anyone that has been affected."

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