Sunday, August 14th, 2022

Liverpool bomber killed by ‘murderous’ device he made, coroner rules | UK news

The Liverpool women’s hospital bomber, Emad al-Swealmeen, died from the explosion and fire caused by the improvised device he manufactured with “murderous intent”, a coroner has ruled.

Recording a narrative conclusion at the inquest at Liverpool and Wirral coroner’s court, the senior coroner, André Rebello, said: “On November 14 2021 Emad Jamil Salman al-Swealmeen died in a taxi in front of Liverpool women’s hospital.

“He died from an explosion and subsequent fire caused by an improvised explosive device which he had carried into the taxi. It is found he manufactured the improvised explosive device, designed to project shrapnel, with murderous intent.”

Rebello said the device was made at a flat rented by Swealmeen in Rutland Avenue.

He added: “It remains unclear as to whether he intended the device to detonate when it did.”

The inquest heard Swealmeen rang his brother two days before he died and suggested he might do “something bad”.

Rebello said Swealmeen’s brother, who lives in the US, said he had spoken to him on Friday 12 November, two days before the explosion.

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 shit’, advising him as an older brother, although this was something which caused him concern, knowing his previous issues.”

He said Swealmeen, born in Baghdad in Iraq, had been in prison in the Middle East for a serious assault on another person, as well as being in trouble in Liverpool for possession of an offensive weapon.

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