Hero cabbie who survived ‘evil’ Liverpool bomber says survival is a ‘miracle’

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The taxi driver who survived the Liverpool terror attack said it is a "miracle" he is alive after his cab was blown up.

David Perry and his wife Rachel have thanked the public for their "amazing generosity" in the wake of the Remembrance Sunday attack.

Emad Al Swealmeen, 32, died when an improvised explosive device went off in a taxi at just before 11am outside Liverpool Women's Hospital.

In a statement released by the police, David said: "On behalf of myself, Rachel and our family, we would like to say thank you to everyone for all your get-well wishes and for your amazing generosity. We are completely overwhelmed with it.

"A special thanks to the staff at the Liverpool Women's Hospital, the staff and medical team at Aintree Hospital, Merseyside Police and Counter Terrorism Policing, who have all been amazing.

"I feel like it's a miracle that I'm alive and so thankful that no one else was injured in such an evil act. I now need time to try to come to terms with what's happened and focus on my recovery both mentally and physically.

"Please be kind, be vigilant and stay safe."

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David somehow managed to escape when a suspected terrorist device exploded in his car.

The homemade bomb that exploded outside the hospital contained ball bearings and could have caused "significant injury or death" according to counter-terror police.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said: "Had it detonated in different circumstances we believe it would have caused significant injury or death.

"It is a possibility that the movement of the vehicle or its stopping caused the ignition."

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It emerged that the bomber, al Swealmeen, spent months buying ingredients for the improvised device and used a series of aliases.

His brother has been interviewed to gain an "insight" into his sibling's state of mind. The bomber had allegedly been planning the attack since April and was the only person to die in the explosion.

The Iraq-born asylum seeker suffered from periods of mental illness that will ‘form part of the investigation and will take some time to fully understand’, Assistant Chief Constable Jackson added.

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