Liverpool bomb made of homemade explosives and ball bearings: British police

The bomb used in the terrorist attack in Liverpool on Sunday in memory was made of homemade explosives and ball bearings, which could have caused “serious injuries or deaths,” British police said Friday. ..

Emmad al-Swaelmin, 32, died in a blast in a taxi outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital just before 11:00 am on November 14. Taxi driver David Perry was injured and escaped the explosion.

The incident was declared a terrorist attack, raising the level of terrorist threats in Britain from substantive to serious. In other words, the attack is “very likely” rather than “likely”.

Police continue to be vigilant after a car explodes at Liverpool Women's Hospital in Liverpool
Police officers continue to be vigilant outside a house in the Kensington area where anti-terrorism officers arrested a man after a vehicle exploded outside the Liverpool Women’s Hospital in Liverpool, England, on November 15, 2021. (Phil Noble / Reuters)

In a media update on Friday’s terrorist investigation, Deputy Chief of Staff, Northwestern Counterterrorism Police, Las Jackson, said: Transactions for the last 5 days.

“It was made using homemade explosives and fitted with ball bearings that acted as shrapnel. It is believed to have caused serious injury or death if it exploded in a variety of situations.”

Police still don’t know how or why the device exploded when it exploded, Jackson said. He said it could have been “totally unintentional” and the ignition could have been caused by the movement or stoppage of the vehicle.

Police are trying to understand how the suspect purchased the materials needed to make the device, Jackson said, as Al Swaelmin purchased for months and used many aliases. , Added that this is “complex”.

But he said that the police would soon get a big picture of what the purchase was made and how, and whether someone else was involved or what the bomber was doing. I’m sure. “

Born in Iraq, Al Swealmeen reportedly arrived in the United Kingdom in 2014 and was denied asylum applications the following year, but remained in the country.

Interior Minister Priti Patel said terrorist suspects could stay in Britain by taking advantage of Britain’s “dysfunctional” immigration system.

Police said they had spoken to Al Swelmin’s brother. He provided early insights into Al Swellmin and an understanding of Al Swellmin’s life and recent state of mind. Police said this was an “important investigation line.”

PA contributed to this report.

Alexander Zhang