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Liverpool bomber died in blast from IED he made with ‘murderous intent’, coroner rules


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The Liverpool terror attacker died from the explosion caused by the improvised device he made with “murderous intent”, a coroner has ruled.

Emad al Swealmeen died in a taxi outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital when the device detonated on 14 November.

He made it at a rented flat in Liverpool and designed it to “project” shrapnel, said senior coroner Andre Rebello.

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Image: Emad Al Swealmeen died in the blast

Mr Rebello said it was still “unclear as to whether he intended the device to detonate when it did”, as he recorded a narrative conclusion at the inquest.

“(Al Swealmeen) died from an explosion and subsequent fire caused by an improvised explosive device which he had carried into the taxi,” said Mr Rebello.

“It is found he manufactured the improvised explosive device, designed to project shrapnel, with murderous intent.”

The inquest heard al Swealmeen had called his brother in America and suggested he might do “something bad” two days before the attack.

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Mr Rebello told the inquest: “He says towards the end of call Emad said something like ‘if I do something bad that will affect the family what do you think?’

“He replied something like ‘don’t do s***’, advising him as an older brother, although this was something which caused him concern, knowing his previous issues.”

No one else died in the explosion outside the hospital and the taxi driver who took al Swealmeen to the hospital had a miraculous escape and managed to run from the car.

Iraq-born al Swealmeen had lived in Liverpool for a number of years after coming to the UK to seek asylum.

The coroner said the he had been in jail in the Middle East for a serious assault and had also been in trouble in Liverpool for possession of an offensive weapon.

 Sky News

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