Liverpool taxi driver saw ‘red light’ on bomb vest, witness claims

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An eyewitness has said that the taxi driver who survived the explosion at Liverpool Women’s Hospital only realized that his passenger was wearing a bomb vest when he saw a “little red light”.

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Imad Al Sweelmeen, 32, detonated a homemade bomb outside the hospital just before 11 a.m. on November 14, killing himself and injuring taxi driver David Perry.

According to the police, the bomb used was a homemade explosive with ball bearing.

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Security guard Darren Knowles witnessed the explosion and fled from Mr. Perry’s vehicle.

David Perry, taxi driver who survived the Liverpool terror attack, with his wife Rachel , PA Media

Mr Knowles told BBC North West Tonight that when he first saw the explosion he thought there was a problem with the car because there was a lot of smoke.

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“I thought it was a malfunction with the car and just ran over and see if that was okay,” he said.

The taxi driver told him: “Blown up, blown up. There’s a bomb in my car.”

He said Mr Perry realized the danger when he saw a red beacon on Al Sweemeen’s vest. “It turned him away to do something and he did it very quickly and very bravely,” Knowles said.

He said he had to stop Mr Perry from going back to his burning car, and instead put him in a “big hug”.

He said he was shocked that the explosion took place at the children’s hospital.

“You don’t expect this to happen in a children’s hospital where newborns are.

“There’s no need for it.”

It comes as police have completed a search of a property on Rutland Avenue in connection with the attack.

Counter Terrorism Police North West said in a statement that the cordon of the area has now been lifted.

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